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June 13, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(7):614. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690070048016

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At its 102nd annual session in New York, June 1, the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association awarded its highest scientific honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, to Dr. Alfred Blalock of Baltimore for his outstanding work in vascular surgery, especially for his part in the development of the "blue baby operation." This operation, first performed in 1944, has since saved the lives of hundreds of infants with congenital pulmonary stenosis. For this and his many other contributions to surgical science, Dr. Blalock has gained international recognition and an impressive list of honors.

Dr. Blalock was born in 1899 at Culloden, Ga. He received his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1922. After serving as intern and resident at Johns Hopkins and at Vanderbilt University Hospital, he became a member of the faculty at the latter institution, where he was active in laboratory and clinical research. In 1940

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