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Partners of the heart / a Duke Media and Spark Media production for American experience ; WGBH Boston ; producer, Andrea Kalin ; writers, Lou Potter and Andrea Kalin ; director, Andrea Kalin.

Kalin, Andrea. (Added Author). Potter, Lou. (Added Author). Freeman, Morgan. (Added Author). Vance, Courtney B. (Added Author). Rhode, John. (Added Author). Fanshel, Susan. (Added Author). Burst, Barbara. (Added Author). Vitarelli, Joseph. (Added Author). Duke Media (Firm) (Added Author). Spark Media (Firm) (Added Author). WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.) (Added Author). PBS Home Video. (Added Author). Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.) (Added Author).
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  • ISBN: 0780642074
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Widescreen version.
  • Publisher: [Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, 2003.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Title from container.
Originally broadcast on the PBS television program: American experience.
Bonus DVD features. Mini-documentaries: 8 short films explore the themes and legacy of Partners of the Heart. Full accessibility through captioning and audio descriptions.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, John Rhode ; editors, Susan Fanshel, Barbara Burst ; music, Joseph Vitarelli.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrator, Morgan Freeman ; Courtney B. Vance (voice of Vivien Thomas)
Summary, etc.:
[Description from VHS cover] Against the backdrop of segregation, a Black carpenter's apprentice with a genius for surgery and a white surgeon who dared to defy medical gospel forged a partnership that changed the course of medical history. With only a high school degree, Vivien Thomas became a cardiac pioneer and a teacher to two generations of American's premiere heart surgeons at a time when he himself could not become one. His journey is a compelling, often overlooked American story of personal triumph.
Partners of the Heart tells the story of Vivien Thomas and Alferd Blalock, whose discoveries saved the lives of thousands of "blue babies" -- Children born with a deadly heart defect. The men's stunning success ushered in a new era of cardiac medicine and launched modern heart surgery. At age 19, with only a high school degree and at a time when his color barred him from being treated in many hospitals, overlooked American story of personal triumph.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD, Dolby surround stereo, Region 1 encoding.
Language Note:
Subject: Thomas, Vivien T., 1910-1985.
Blalock, Alfred, 1899-1964.
Digital recordings.
Surgeons > Maryland.
Cardiovascular system > Surgery.
Surgery, Experimental.
Genre: Documentary television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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