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Pivotal Decisions

Could you maintain a partnership in a challenging time and place, and leave the world a life-saving legacy?

Throughout the 34 years of their work together, numerous divisive forces challenged Blalock and Thomas' partnership, and each was forced to make pivotal decisions. As World War II ended and Baltimore boomed -- Vivien Thomas and Dr. Alfred Blalock deepened a partnership that changed the course of medical history. Put yourself in their shoes and experience these difficult issues first hand.

Make your own decisions, then find out how it really happened.

  1. Who Should Clean the Lab?

  2. Should Vivien Thomas Wear a Lab Coat?

  3. Should Thomas Attend the Blue Baby Operation?

  4. Should the Thomas Family Move Back to Nashville?

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