Nation's First Open-Heart Surgery Performed In Chicago 119 Years Ago
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In 1893, exactly 119 years ago Monday, Chicago surgeon Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery, in what would become both a significant medical advancement, and a huge step in the fight for equality, since Williams was one of the nation's few black cardiologists at the time.
Called "the father of black surgery," Williams' name is absent from many medical history books, according to TMW Media, which makes educational videos for use in schools. (See their video about Williams' history above.)
Williams studied medicine at Northwestern University's Chicago-based medical school after apprenticing with Dr. Henry Palmer, becoming one of the first black physicians in the city when he earned his M.D. in 1883, BET Health News reports. In addition to his notable accomplishments as a surgeon, Williams is remembered for founding the Provident Hospital and Training School in 1891, inspired by the experience of a black woman who was denied from nursing s
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