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Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Daniel Hale Williams

Daniel Hale Williams- Surgeon and Medical Educator

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Medical textbooks in the early 1890s said that operating on near the human heart was too dangerous. But on a hot summer’s night in Chicago in 1893, surgeon Daniel Hale Williams — while attempting to treat a life-threatening chest wound to a patient — plunged courageously into this void, and thus made medical history.  In 1891 he founded the first African American-owned (and non-segregated) hospital in America, and the first nursing school for African Americans.

Read more of his fascinating biography here.

Learn more about the USA Science & Engineering Festival here. Save the dates for April 26-27, 2014 for the Festival Finale Expo in Washington, D.C. 

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