What a remarkable story of hard work and selflessness. Gwendolyn Hooks lays out details of Viven’s early life, including his experience with his master carpenter father, saving for the future and watching it all disappear during the stock market crash. Vivian worked as a researcher at Vanderbilt University in an effort to get one step closer to medical school. He fought discrimination and injustices related to the color of his skin both there and at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Gwendolyn Hooks explains from beginning to end how the pieces fell into place in Vivien’s life that he was able to learn so much about surgery, all without having earned a degree from a university, so much so that he taught many world famous surgeons and pioneered open heart surgery in babies.
Title: Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
Author: Gwendolyn Hooks
Illustrator: Colin Bootman
Published 2016 by Lee and Low Books Inc.
This copy was borrowed from the public library for purpose of review.