Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Meet Daniel Hale Williams
First Heart surgeon
Trailblazer in surgical procedures
Founder of the first black-owned hospital
Honored by Stevie Wonder in his song, "Black Man"
Today’s 28 DAYS segment [link to podcast for date here too] introduces us to Daniel Hale Williams, a surgeon whose life’s work should be known to all of us, just as we recognize Edward Jenner and Florence Nightingale. We hear narrators Robin Miles, Carter Redwood and William Jackson Harper in today's podcast.
Dr. Williams started Provident Hospital—still in operation in Chicago today—when he was denied staff privileges at other hospitals where black patients were denied treatment. He performed daring work in open heart surgery in 1893. In Washington, DC and Nashville, TN he paved the way for medical training that opened opportunities for black doctors and nurses.
You can hear about Dr. Williams and his work in THE MAN WHO TOUCHED HIS OWN HEART, by Rob Dunn and read by Robert Fass.
To hear more audiobooks about Black scientists and physicians, we suggest:
Another outstanding Black medical care provider in the early 20th century active in New York City: May Edward Chin. ANGEL OF HARLEM, by Kuwanna Haulsey and read by Brenda Pressley, is a work of historical fiction, but offers us access to Dr. Chin's life story and her impressive pioneering work in medicine.