Did you know that an African American physician from Chicago may be one of the first pioneers for open heart surgery?
Daniel Hale Williams successfully operated on the victim of a knifing victim and after opening the chest wall, Dr. Williams stiched the pericardium saving the patient. He also championed sterilization procedures and became well known for his surgical techniques. In 1891, in Chicago, Daniel Hales Williams founded Provident, the first American interracial hospital. Provident hosted the first nursing school for African Americans.
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