Friday, November 20, 2015

Breakthrough! by Jim Murphy - ADVISABLE

Murphy, Jim Breakthrough! How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever, NON FICTION 130 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Clarion), 2015. $18.99. 

In the 1940’s a surgery was finally developed that could restore oxygen to the blood of babies with congenital heart defects.  This is the story of the brilliant surgeon, the amazing african american research assistant and the caring head of the Children’s Cardiac Clinic at Johns Hopkins research hospital.  Their combined knowledge, skill and patience brought about a procedure that was previously thought impossible, and which has saved countless lives: Heart Surgery.  

This is a great mix of science, medicine, social inequity, animal testing ethics, and history.  There’s a lot to like about this book.  Surgical procedures are explained without being shocking or gross; photographs, illustrations and charts help the reader navigate the content, which is well explained and very accessible.  Complete with source notes, bibliography and an index, this is a great middle level non fiction read. 

MS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian

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