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Historic Embryology
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Tetralogy of Fallot

Helen Brooke Taussig (1898 - 1986) on November 9, 1944 Taussig and Blalock first performed a new operation on a Tetralogy of Fallot or "blue baby" and later repeated it successfully on two more patients. The technique was named the Blalock-Taussig operation, and was soon used worldwide. Taussig continued her research on cardiac birth defects and also campaigned for blocking the introduction of thalidomide into the U.S.A.