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HBO Film Tells of Interracial Duo Behind Medical First

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HBO Film Tells of Interracial Duo Behind Medical First

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HBO Film Tells of Interracial Duo Behind Medical First

HBO Film Tells of Interracial Duo Behind Medical First

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The new HBO film Something the Lord Made tells the story of the interracial medical collaboration behind the first successful open-heart surgery in 1944. At a time of strict racial conventions, Dr. Alfred Blalock, a wealthy, white Southern surgeon, formed a remarkable partnership with his black assistant, Vivien Thomas. NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with Joseph Sargent, the film's director.

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