Cardiology in the Young

Original Articles

Helen Brooke Taussig and Edwards Albert Park: the early years (1927–1930)

William N. Evansa1a2 c1

a1 Children’s Heart Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

a2 Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America


The conventional history of paediatric cardiology teaches that it was Helen Taussig who founded the cardiac clinic for children at the Harriet Lane Home of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1930, when Edwards Park appointed her director of the clinic.1,2 However, the story was more complex than that, and involved the collaboration of institutions and the frustrations, doubts, and passions of both Park and Taussig. In this article, I explore the history in more depth through published works, and material preserved at the McGill University Archives, the Rockefeller Foundation Archives, and the Alan Chesney Medical Archives at Johns Hopkins.

(Received August 26 2009)

(Accepted December 29 2009)

(Online publication May 06 2010)


c1 Correspondence to: W. N. Evans MD, FACC Children’s Heart Center, 3006 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 690, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA. Tel: +702 732 1290; Fax: +702 732 1385; E-mail: