February marks Black History month and I want to take the timeout amongst my mommy ramblings to highlight some of the greatest pioneers in America. I want to start the month with scientist/doctors and inventors.
I stumbled upon this name during the time my Nana was preparing for triple-heart bypass surgery and my inquisitive mind led me to reading pamphlets on open heart surgery. I found a book on African American inventors and Dr. Williams' name was next to open heart surgery. I proceeded to tell my Nana how he could possibly be related to Poppy since his last name was Williams. :)
Doctor Daniel Hale Williams, was accredited with the first open-heart surgery, performed on July 9, 1893.
- 1891 - founded Provident, 1st American interracial hospital, which was also the 1st nursing school for Blacks
- 1913 - only African American member of the American College of Surgeons
- Utilized antiseptic and sterilization procedures
- Began practice in Chicago at a time when there were only 3 black physicians
Thank you for your contribution, your shoulder's we stand on.nkoyo