Daniel Hale Williams- Surgeon and Medical Educator
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.
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