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Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

 

 

The first Black doctor was James Derham, who was born in slaver in 1767.  Derham mastered the profession while assisting a physician master.  In 1783 he sought his freedom and established a large practice among Blacks and Whites.  By 1788 he was one of the leading physicians in New Orleans.


The first Black to graduate from a medical school was James McCune Smith, who received a degree at the University of Glasgow in 1837.


The first Black admitted to a medical society was John V. DeGrasse who was inducted into the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1854.


The first Black lawyer was Macon B. Allen, who practiced in Maine in 1843 and 1844 and was formally admitted to the bar after he passed the examination at Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 3, 1845.


The first successful operation on the human heart was performed at Chicago's Provident Hospital on July 9, 1893 by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams.

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