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The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:09:09 AM »
I find it difficult to find words to describe my feelings regarding this story of racial bias. It's quite a short account, just listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csvty1
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Re: The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2017, 06:57:15 AM »
That will not down load for me Dave.  Too bad, I suspect that it is a revealing article.

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Re: The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2017, 07:15:53 AM »
It's working for me, listening to it now.
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Re: The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2017, 09:57:02 AM »
That will not down load for me Dave.  Too bad, I suspect that it is a revealing article.
Only revealing about the reputation of a white surgeon who rose in fame on the shoulders of a black man, being willing to treat that man as a servant.

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The African-American lab technician, Vivien Thomas, whose surgery helped save the lives of millions of babies but whose work went unrecognised for years. Claire Bowes has been listening to archive recordings of Vivien Thomas describing his long partnership with Dr Alfred Blalock, the man solely credited with inventing an operation in 1944 which helped manage a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot.
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Re: The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2017, 12:16:12 PM »
That will not down load for me Dave.  Too bad, I suspect that it is a revealing article.
Only revealing about the reputation of a white surgeon who rose in fame on the shoulders of a black man, being willing to treat that man as a servant.

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The African-American lab technician, Vivien Thomas, whose surgery helped save the lives of millions of babies but whose work went unrecognised for years. Claire Bowes has been listening to archive recordings of Vivien Thomas describing his long partnership with Dr Alfred Blalock, the man solely credited with inventing an operation in 1944 which helped manage a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot.

I think there's even a movie about that (unless I'm confusing the pair with another white surgeon and black lab technician) starring Alan Rickman.
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Re: The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2017, 11:10:26 PM »

I think there's even a movie about that (unless I'm confusing the pair with another white surgeon and black lab technician) starring Alan Rickman.

Could be -- goodness knows this story is only one drop in a very large bucket.

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Re: The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2017, 08:30:18 AM »

I think there's even a movie about that (unless I'm confusing the pair with another white surgeon and black lab technician) starring Alan Rickman.

Could be -- goodness knows this story is only one drop in a very large bucket.

(Went looking -- you were right, Silver)

Good find, Sandy, thanks.
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Re: The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2017, 09:26:19 AM »
They also have the full movie on YouTube.
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Re: The Unsung Hero of Heart Surgery
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2017, 09:42:51 AM »
They also have the full movie on YouTube.

Thanks again, it's on my list.
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