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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig

Dr. Helen Taussig, 1975

On International Women’s Day we are honoring Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig, ground-breaking American cardiologist. Dr. Taussig developed the concept for a procedure that would extend the lives of children born with anoxemia or ‘blue baby syndrome.’  In 1965, Dr. Helen Taussig was the first woman to become the president of the American Heart Association. We understand from a relative that “while she was the first cardiologist president of the AHA, the fact of which she was far more proud was that she was the first pediatrician president of the AHA.”

At the time of this Sitting Dr. Taussig was Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital.