Alfred Blalock

Surgeon

1899 – 1964

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Who was Alfred Blalock?

Alfred Blalock was a 20th-century American surgeon most noted for his research on the medical condition of shock and for the development of the Blalock-Taussig Shunt, a surgical procedure he developed together with surgical technician Vivien Thomas and pediatric cardiologist Helen Taussig to relieve the cyanosis from Tetralogy of Fallot—known commonly as the blue baby syndrome. That operation ushered in the modern era of cardiac surgery.

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Born
Apr 5, 1899
Culloden
Also known as
  • Dr. Alfred Blalock
Profession
Education
  • University of Georgia
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University
Died
Sep 15, 1964

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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