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Daniel Hale Williams

Daniel Hale Williams is one of the black inventors whom was born in Pennsylvania. He was raised in a home of two parents until his father died from tuberculosis and he also had six siblings. After his father died the children were sent to live with their relatives but Daniel Hale Williams was still determined he would be a success.

Daniel Hale Williams started out as an apprentice to a shoe maker yet later he decided to start a barber shop following the footsteps of his father. However, soon afterwards he decided that the medical field was something that tickled his fancy and by 1883 he had graduated from the Northwestern University Medical School and was able to open up his own medical office in Illinois.

Since Daniel Hale Williams was practicing in a different time most of his work consisted of house visits and it was not uncommon for him to have to perform a surgical procedure on the patient’s kitchen table. However, Daniel Hale Williams still remained professional which allowed his client base to expand at a rapid pace. In fact, by 1889 Daniel Hale Williams had worked his way up to being a part of the Illinois State Board of Health. Furthermore, by January 1891 Daniel Hale Williams was able to establish a hospital and a training school.

 

 

During the hospitals first year operating they were said to have treated 189 patients. Out of those patients the amazing fact is only 22 of them died. Back in that day in time this was something that was considered amazing. In fact, more specifically, their success rate was at 87%. Daniel Hale William’s success did not stop here, however. Later down the line he was faced with a very hard decision to save a man’s life which leads him to becoming the first person in history to perform an open heart surgery.

 
 
 
 

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