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American Experience; Partners Of The Heart


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American Experience
Partners Of The Heart
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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The improbable alliance of black medical genius Vivien Thomas and white surgeon Alfred Blalock began in Depression-era Nashville. Their work together at Vanderbilt University and later at Johns Hopkins led to one of the century's signal medical breakthroughs: the pioneering of daring heart operations that saved thousands of children afflicted with a congenital heart defect called "blue baby syndrome." Blalock and Thomas went on to train two generations of America's most prominent cardiac surgeons. Morgan Freeman narrates this compelling and heroic tale of two men whose social and cultural differences could not stand in the way of their quest to alleviate human suffering. Voice of Vivien Tomas: Courtney B. Vance.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Partners Of The Heart,” 10/23/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9328E40D2B6E4DB19775691C0EE3E888.
MLA: “American Experience; Partners Of The Heart.” 10/23/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9328E40D2B6E4DB19775691C0EE3E888>.
APA: American Experience; Partners Of The Heart. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9328E40D2B6E4DB19775691C0EE3E888
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