Let’s raise a glass to the African-American medical pioneers who changed the world

Mildred Europa Taylor February 09, 2021
Patricia Bath's first patent was for the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment which she received a patent for in 1988. Image Courtesy Patricia Bath

American history cannot be discussed without the names of some African-American personalities who have contributed to the development of the medical sciences throughout history.

As February marks Black History Month, it is ideal to look back at the history of medicine and highlight the various achievements and barriers broken by many African Americans, right from the history-making Mary Eliza Mahoney, who was the first Black professional nurse in America.

Though the odds were stacked against them, these seven African-American medical pioneers forged ahead and made advances in various fields of medicine and healthcare while improving lives.

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