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One Doctor: Daniel Hale Williams

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Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the "father of black surgery," was the first to perform an operation on a human heart in 1893. He established the nation's first interracial hospital, provided advanced training for black doctors and nurses, directed and reorganized Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D. C., and developed many surgical innovations still in use today. His primary goals were to offer training facilities for black medical students and to improve the quality of patient care, regardless of color.

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Runtime: 43 minutes 45 seconds

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    Cynthia F. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
    March 10th, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Informative and interesting film that told the life of an African American doctor who changed the world of medicine and saved so many lives while he was alive. His work continues to save lives today and in the future. So many times the history is never told in schools. I never knew about Dr. Daniel Hale Williams until about 2 years ago. I was shocked that I was never told that the first person to perform a successful open heart surgery was an African American. It gives African American students a sense of pride and a role model that shows they are capable of doing great things. It also teaches children of all backgrounds to see people for who they are and not just the color of their skin. History and the truth is so important for children to learn. I thank DCMP for this opportunity.