Helen Taussig

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    Helen Taussig's Lifetime

    Three sentences per event.
    ("Changing the Face of Medicine | Helen Brooke Taussig." U.S. National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health, 03 June 2015. Web. 16 May 2017.)
    ("The Harriet Lane home for Invalid Children." The Harriet Lane Home for Invalid Children. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2017.)
    (Morton, Laurn. "Archives of Maryland." Helen Brooke Taussig , MSA SC 3520-13565. N.p., 2005. Web. 16 May 2017.)
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    School Graduations

    In 1917, Helen Taussig graduated from The Cambridge School for Girls. She then became a champion tennis player during her two year study at Radicliffe. In 1921, Taussig graduated from the Unveristy of Califronia ate Berkeley and started studying at Harvard and Boston University.
  • Graduated from Hopkins

    In 1927, Taussig graduated from Hopkins. She then served as a fellow in cardiology at John Hopkins Hospital. After that she followed by a two-year pefiatics internship.
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    The Harriet Lane Home

    From 1930 to 1963, Helen Taussig and her colleges worked in the Harriet Lane Home to develop the blue baby operation. Helen theorized that if an artery in the heart could be closed, one could also be opened to save the lives of the "blue babies". Helen Taussig also headed the pediatric cardiac clinic.
  • Blalock-Taussig shunt

    This shunt is a surgical procedure used to increase blood flow to the heart. This procedure includes defects such as the pulmonary atresia(blue baby). This procedure gave the user the ability to get more blood to the lungs.
  • American College of Chest Physicians

    In 1953, Helen received the honorary medal of American College of Chest Physicians. This medal includes physicians and non-phusician specialist in the field of chest medicines including, pulmonology, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. This was medal was founded in 1935
  • Albert Lasker Award

    .Helen Taussig, along with Alfred Blalock, and Robert E. Gross, Received the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award for the first successful "blue baby" operation.Today, because of their success, there has been a worldwide surge of effective investigation and corrective surgery. Their success has been an inspiration to physicians and scientist alike
  • Retirement

    In 1963 Helen Taussig retired from her many years of service to our nation. She contributed many things to the nation's medical developments. Helen would live another 20 or so years before she died in a car crash.
  • Medal of Freedom

    The Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, given to individuals who have contributed greatly to the security of the nation or the interest of the nation. In 1964 Helen Taussig was given the Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson. Taussig was given the medal for all of her achievements in the field of medicine.
  • American Heart Association President

    In 1965, Dr. Helen Tausig became the first woman to become president of the National American Heart Association. The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization created to fight stroke and heart disease. Helen also founded the Maryland affiliate.
  • Drug Thalidomide

    In 1965, Taussig testified before U.S. congress about the harmful effects of Thalidomide which cause deformed children in Europe. Thalidomide was a drug sold under the brand Immunoprin, Thalidomide had some positive effects, but while in the womb, the drug could cause many defects. These defects included limb deficiencies, deformed eyes, deformed hearts, alimentary and urinary tracts, and blindness or deafness.