The American Experience: Season 15, Episode 8

Partners of the Heart (10 Feb. 2003)

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During World War II and the era of staunch racial segregation, a Black carpenter's son named Vivien Thomas, who had a talent for surgery, along with a white surgeon named Dr. Alfred Blalock... See full summary »

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Alfred Blalock ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Alfred Blalock)
Denton A. Cooley ...
Himself (as Dr. Denton A. Cooley)
John Dryden ...
Newsreel Voice (voice)
Koco Eaton ...
Himself (as Dr. Koco Eaton)
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Himself (Narrator) (voice)
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Dr. Vivien Thomas
J. Alex Haller Jr. ...
Himself (as Dr. J. Alex Haller Jr.)
Beau James ...
Dr. Alfred Blalock
Jane Leuders ...
Dr. Helen Taussig
Rowena Spencer ...
Herself (as Dr. Rowena Spencer)
Helen Taussig ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Dr. Helen Taussig)
Vivien Thomas ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Vivien Thomas)
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Dr. Vivien Thomas (voice)
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The Nurse (credit only)
Levi Watkins ...
Himself (as Dr. Levi Watkins)
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During World War II and the era of staunch racial segregation, a Black carpenter's son named Vivien Thomas, who had a talent for surgery, along with a white surgeon named Dr. Alfred Blalock, who defied the medical establishment created a partnership that changed the course of cardiac surgery. With only a high school diploma, Thomas became a leading cardiac pioneer and educator of two generations of the United States' premiere heart surgeons. This moving documentary tells the story of Thomas and his relationship with Blalock, one that ushered in advances in surgery that are still in existence today. Written by Leslye Allen (L. J. Allen-2)

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