Daniel Hale Williams: Surgeon Who Opened Hearts and Minds

Daniel Hale Williams: Surgeon Who Opened Hearts and Minds

by Mike Venezia

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Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
The important contributions to medicine that Daniel Hale Williams, founder of the first non-segregated hospital in the United States, made are examined in this volume of the "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists" series. Williams moved around a lot as a child and young man, working as an apprentice to a shoemaker and a barber while going to school. After accepting work as a doctor's apprentice, Williams attended medical school. Upon experiencing discrimination when applying for jobs, Williams decided to open his own practice, in 1891. Provident Hospital, in Chicago, was founded as a place that would treat all patients, regardless of color, and would accept and train black doctors and nurses. Williams' reputation as a great surgeon grew, leading him to move to Washington, D.C. for a few years to overhaul the Freedman's Hospital. After returning to Provident, he found jealous doctors had started rumors about his misuse of hospital funds. Having no patience for rumors, Williams chose to leave the hospital and worked around the country as a teacher and surgeon. One of Williams' most significant contributions to the field of medicine was being one of the first surgeons to operate on the area around the heart. Each volume of the series includes photographs, maps, whimsical illustrations, a glossary, and an index. Though the book appears slight, the conversational tone makes for an engaging and surprisingly informative read. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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