Medicine: Babies of Blue Babies

In the 18 years since Johns Hopkins' famed Surgeon Alfred Blalock electrified the medical world by turning "blue babies" into pink and active youngsters, at least 10,000 such invalids since birth have had operations of this type. The number may be closer to 20,000; nobody knows for sure. Until now, nobody has known the fate of these children as they matured. Could they marry and have children themselves? If they did, what were their children's chances of being born with defective hearts?

"Don't Be Discouraged." Last week Pediatrician Helen B. Taussig, 64, who...

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