For Black History Month, HEPSA Living Healthy would like to salute African American who are great contribute in the field of medicine. They practice in all fields, and have made significant contributions in the areas of cancer, cardiology, HIV-AIDS, neurology, pathology, and radiology-just to name a few. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services salutes those African American pioneers in medicine-both past and present-who tirelessly work to improve the health status of all Americans.
Did You Know…
- William Edward Allen Jr., a radiologist, was the first African American certified x-ray technician, and established the first and only African American Women’s Army Corps School for x-ray technologists.
- Otis Boykin invented pace maker controls. Click here for more information.
- Phil Brooks invented the disposable syringe.
- Benjamin S. Carson is the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the nation. Click here for more information.
- Rebecca J. Cole was the first African American woman to graduate from the Woman’s Medical College in PA. Cole worked with Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first White American woman physician to receive a medical degree
- Michael Croslin computerized blood pressure devices.
- Charles Richard Drew developed a way to preserve blood, created the first blood bank, the American Red Cross, and developed a method to efficiently store blood plasma. He also developed a means of preserving blood plasma for transfusion. He was a surgeon, medical scientist and educator.
- Joycelyn Elders was the first African American to serve in the position of Surgeon General of the United States.
- Solomon Carter Fuller was the nation’s first African American psychiatrist and a neurologist.
- William Augustus Hinton was responsible for the Hinton test for syphilis. He also discovered the Davies-Hinton test of blood and spinal fluid
- Robert Stewart Jason was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in pathology.
Next week is part 2 to Honoring Black History in Medicine and Science! Learn your History today!