Something the Lord Made

Something the Lord Made

DVD - 2004
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Tells the emotional true story of two men who defined the rules of their time to launch a medical revolution, set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow south. Working in 1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies", Dr. Alfred Blalock and lab technician Vivien Thomas from an impressive team. As Blalock and Thomas invent a new field of medicine, saving thousands of lives in the process, social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear them apart.
Publisher: New York, NY : HBO Video, 2004.
ISBN: 9780783124049
Branch Call Number: DVD SOMETHI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 19, 2018

A movie you will want to watch over and over. WOW!

Jul 19, 2017

Excellent movie about a wonderful true story. Highly recommended. Watch it.

Apr 06, 2017

This is such a wonderful story, well acted and significant.

May 03, 2016

A very true story and very well made. It's time well spent.
An untold history of saving "blue baby's" a long time ago.

Oct 05, 2014

A very sleep inducing,but inspiring movie for black children and black people in general period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 22, 2014

This is a 2004 drama based on a true story.
It is about the black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock,
the world famous "Blue Baby doctor" who pioneered modern heart surgery.
This film is based on the National Magazine Award-winning Washingtonian magazine article "Like Something the Lord Made" by Katie McCabe.
Vivien Thomas remained virtually unknown outside the circle of Hopkins surgeons he trained.
His story was first brought to public attention by Washington writer Katie McCabe, who learned of his work with Blalock on the day of his death in a 1985
interview with a prominent Washington, D.C. surgeon who described Thomas as "an absolute legend."
Her article generated widespread interest in the story and inspired the making of a 2003 public television documentary on Thomas and Blalock,
"Partners of the Heart."
It is a fascinatinig and thought-provoking docu-drama.

Jun 25, 2013

A wonderful and touching movie, Man's ego and fears MUST Change.

Mar 12, 2013

Reallly good movie, not fluffy. Most of the story is set in the 30's and 40's, and then jumps forward to show how the characters matured/aged and how society/university changed over that their lifetimes. Makes me wish I could have met both of these two people in real life.

Sunnchilde Apr 11, 2012

Don't expect to watch this film and keep a dry eye. The acting is powerful the story is slow but deliberate. You will not notice how much time has gone by because you'll be so invested in the story. The story deals with the very real racism of the 40s as well as the uncharted medical waters they were exploring. The desire to pioneer new technology is confronted with the dire need to save these previously doomed babies born with lethal heart defects. The end of the film is so touching that it still makes me mist up. Stories like this are why you watch movies. A++

Mar 14, 2012

I am not a nurse but I work on a Heart Surgery Unit. I had never heard about these two men. This is a very good movie. The story moves very quickly. The story is all the more fascinating because it is true. Good for family viewing as long as you are o.k. with surgery scenes.

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