African-American Scientists - Medicine
Medicine is the science of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
Early African-Americans in medicine -
- Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904 - 1950) developed methods for safely storing and preserving blood and help found the first large scale blood bank in the U.S.
- Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1858 - 1931) performed the first known successful open-heart surgery.
- Dr. Jane Cooke Wright (1919 - 2013) pioneered the use of methotrexate to treat breast and skin cancer.
For more information on the pioneering African-Americans in medicine mentioned above, click on their photo below.