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Charles Drew: Pioneer in Medicine

Charles Drew: Pioneer in Medicine

by Laura Purdie Salas

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Provides an introduction to the life and biography of Charles Drew, the African American doctor noted for his work with blood and blood plasma.


Provides an introduction to the life and biography of Charles Drew, the African American doctor noted for his work with blood and blood plasma.

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Children's Literature
Charles Drew was born in Washington, DC, on June 3, 1904. He graduated from a segregated high school and went to Amherst College in Massachusetts. After a year spent teaching science, he enrolled in Medical School at McGill University. While there he became interested in the study of blood types and blood storage. He continued this research after graduation when he returned to Washington, DC, to teach at Howard University. In 1938, he received a Rockefeller Fellowship to study surgery at Columbia Medical School in New York City. There he developed a way to dry plasma, which can be stored for a long time. In 1939, Dr. Drew married and ultimately had four children. During World War II, he supervised the Blood for Britain project and pioneered the use of bloodmobiles as a way of reaching as many donors as possible. He took a stand against separating blood by race as having no basis in science. The Red Cross, however, did not change its policy until 1949. In 1950, Dr. Drew was in an automobile accident and died from his injuries. He received many posthumous honors and is credited with the development of a long-term storage for plasma, bloodmobiles, and the organization of blood drives to help soldiers during World War II. This book is a good introduction to the life of this important scientist. Part of the "Fact Finders Biography" series for elementary science and social studies, it is designed to assist below-level readers. Some guidelines are: uncomplicated design, text matched to photo illustrations, simple and direct vocabulary. It is divided into six chapters summarizing Dr. Drew's training and contributions to the field of medicine. The back of the book includes a "Fast Facts" page, atime line, a glossary, a list of Internet sites, recommended readings, and an index. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 10.
—Hazel Buys

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Capstone Press
Publication date:
Fact Finders Biographies: Great African Americans Series
Product dimensions:
7.22(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at laursalas.com.

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