American Experience: Partners of the Heart ()

directed by Andrea Kalin, Bill Duke
featuring Beau James, Chris Haley, Jane Leuders, Morgan Freeman, Courtney B. Vance

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This 60-minute entry in the PBS American Experience anthology chronicles the unorthodox medical partnership between Alfred Blalock, chief of surgery at Johns Hopkins, and Vivien Thomas, a black man with little more than a high school education. When Thomas applied for a janitorial post at Johns Hopkins in the early '40s, Blalock was impressed by the man's medical knowledge and took him on as a technician. Ultimately, it was Thomas who, in 1944, designed the surgical procedure to correct what was then known as "blue baby ...

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