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Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part IV / BLALOCK, ALFRED. 1899-1964. AND HELEN TAUSSIG. 1898-1986. Blalock-Taussig operation archive

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BLALOCK, ALFRED. 1899-1964. AND HELEN TAUSSIG. 1898-1986.
Blalock-Taussig operation archive:
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BLALOCK, ALFRED. 1899-1964. AND HELEN TAUSSIG. 1898-1986.

Blalock-Taussig operation archive:
1. "The Surgical Treatment of Malformations of the Heart in which There Is Pulmonary Stenosis or Pulmonary Atresia." 1945. Offprint. Publisher's wrappers. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY TAUSSIG: "To Dr. W. Bruce Fye from Helen B. Taussig." The Grolier Medicine copy.
2. TAUSSIG, HELEN. "Tetralogy of Fallot: Especially the care of the cyanotic infant and child." 1948. Offprint. Printed wrappers.
3. ---. "History of the Blalock-Taussig Operation and Some of the Long-Term Results on Patients with a Tetralogy of Fallot." Cooperstown, NY: 1970. Stiff wrappers. FIRST EDITION
4. ---. "Long-time observations on the Blalock-Taussig operation. I. Results of the First Operation." 1971. Xerographic copy. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY TAUSSIG: "Inscribed to Dr. Bruce Fye. The beginning of a long series of studies. Helen B. Taussig."
5. ---. "The Development Of The Blalock-Taussig Operation And Its Results Twenty Years Later." 1976. Offprint. Wrappers.
6. ---. Autograph Letter Signed, to Thomas E. Cone Jr., 1 p, Kennett Square, PA, February 1, 1986. Taussig writes, in part: "Dear Dr. Cone, Thank you for your very friendly letter asking me whether I would be interested in contributing to Ross Laboratories Landmarks & if I would prepare an historical perspective to the paper Dr. Blalock and I wrote in 1945...." Thomas E. Cone Jr. (1915-1997) was a pediatrician and historian. See Garrison-Morton-Norman 6357.2.
7. "Pioneering Pediatric Cardiologist." Clipping from MD. 2 pp.
8. The Johns Hopkins Medical Journal: An Issue Dedicated to Helen B. Taussig. April, 1977. Pictorial wrappers. Contains an article by Taussig, articles about her by A. McGehee Harvey and Mary Ellen Engle, and other articles dedicated to her.
9. ENGLE, MARY ELLEN. "Blue Babies." Clipped article with color cover photo of Taussig. Signed by Engle.
10. BLALOCK, ALFRED. Typed Note Signed to Theodore C. Erickson, 1 p, Baltimore, January 3, 1942. Blalock writes: "I am delighted to learn that you will be able to complete the chapter for Bancroft's surgery. I am sending your letter to Cobb Pilcher." Theodore C. Erickson (1906-1986) trained with Wilder Penfield and launched the neurosurgery program at the University of Wisconsin in 1941.
11. Original photographic print of an early Blalock-Taussig operation (from the Chesney Archives), signed by Denton A. Cooley, who is depicted with Blalock and others during an early Blalock-Taussig operation. This is accompanied by a photocopy of a letter that Cooley sent to W. Bruce Fye (December 7, 1994) describing the photograph and the first Blalock-Taussig operation.
12. MURPHY. JIM. Breakthrough: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever. Boston: 2015. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION
13. LONGMIRE, WILLIAM P. JR. Alfred Blalock: Personal Reflections. Pasadena: 1964. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY LONGMIRE. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Slight fading to cover cloth.
14. Helen B. Taussig, 1898-1986. Memorial Tribute June 26, 1986. Small pamphlet. Stiff wrappers with photo of Taussig on cover.
15. KARSH, YOUSUF. Portrait of Alfred Blalock. Haarlem, Netherlands: Enschede, 1959. Photogravure, mounted on acid-free mat board. Image size 8-3/4 x 11-1/2 inches.
16. ---. Portrait of Helen Taussig. Geneva Switzerland: Roto-Sadag, 1976. Photogravure, mounted on acid-free mat board. Image size 9 x 11-3/4 inches.

The Blalock-Taussig offprint (item 1) was exhibited at the Grolier Club exhibition One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine. W. Bruce Fye wrote the catalogue description: "Cardiac surgery owes much to the team from Johns Hopkins that developed an operation for tetralogy of Fallot, a common form of cyanotic congenital heart disease. The 'Blalock-Taussig' or 'blue baby' operation, first performed by Alfred Blalock in 1944, was immediately recognized as a major advance.... Helen Taussig, the pioneer pediatric cardiologist, was the first to suggest the creation of an anastomosis between the systemic and pulmonary circulation, and she urged Blalock to develop the innovative operation. Blalock, working with his African-American laboratory assistant Vivien Thomas, eventually succeeded in finding a means of connecting the left subclavian artery to the pulmonary artery, thus creating a shunt that dramatically increased the pulmonary blood flow" (Grolier Medicine 97 -this copy). "Helen Taussig was a brilliant physician whose contributions advanced the status of women in medicine, her insightful observations influenced the development of cardiac surgery, and she developed a new subspecialty in pediatrics, and wrote its first definitive textbook" (DMB 5:1221). Garrison-Morton-Norman 3043

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