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HonorHealth Libraries DEI: Black History Month

Black History Month - Week 4

The Father of Modern Gynecology

Written by Jennifer Perry, MD, PGY-3

Dr. James Marion Sims has been named the “father of modern gynecology” for his contribution of tools, such as the speculum, and surgical techniques related to women’s health. He was named president of the American Medical Association in 1876 and president of the American Gynecological Society in 1880. However, Dr. Sims’ success has overshadowed the suffering of enslaved women that contributed to his work.   Read more here  ...

The US medical system is still haunted by slavery  

Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey:  NPR

Black History Month - Week 2

Dr. Charles Richard Drew

– Written by Karina Luera, DO, PGY - 1

Dr. Charles Richard Drew, an African American surgeon born in 1904, is known as the "Father of Blood Banking" for his significant contributions to the process of blood plasma preservation.  Read more here ...

Biographical Overview - NLM "Father of the Blood Bank" - ACS

Black History Month - Week 3

Henrietta Lacks

– Written by Monica Chaung, MD, PGY-3

Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951. To diagnose her cancer, doctors took biopsies of her tumor. A sample of her tissue was provided to Dr. Gey, a cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins University. In Dr. Gey's lab, the majority of tumor cells he had previously studied would die. However, Mrs. Lacks' cells did not. Instead, they doubled every day. These cells, named "HeLa" cells after her first and last name, became the first immortal human cell line.  Read more here ...

Henrietta Lacks  The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks - John Hopkins Medicine 

Black History Month - Week 1

The Tuskegee Experiment

– Written by Jennifer Perry, MD, PGY-3

Frequently cited as one of the original causes of mistrust and discord between the African American community and the U.S. Department of Health and all of its subsidiaries, the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” was intended to examine the progression of Syphilis in human subjects. Read more here ...

Tuskegee Study  Tuskegee Timeline - CDC