Black History Month: Medical Innovators, Pioneers and Leaders

Did you know that in 1864 Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first female doctor in the United States of African-American heritage when she graduated from what is now Boston University School of Medicine?

Or that Dr. Charles Drew helped save thousands of lives in World War II through his innovative techniques for separating and preserving blood components, including plasma?

Or that as early as 1762, James Derham held a certificate of medicine and after he won his freedom, set up his own practice in New Orleans?


In honor of Black History Month, explore these stories and more in two of our most popular posts from recent years:

Notable African-Americans in Medical History:  an educational word search game


GMC Recognizes Medical Contributions Made By African-Americans: more pioneers in the field of medicine.

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