Navicent Health hosts events recognizing African-American contributions to medicine

David Domingue (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Tubman Museum in downtown Macon invited the community on Wednesday to celebrate African-Americans' contributions to medicine.

Presenters highlighted the legacy of Dr. Charles R. Drew in honor of Black History Month.

Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III with Howard University said, "And yet through our individual care of our patients, one patient at a time - which is what Dr Drew championed. Even today that mantra still has great meaning. So you don't have to be a physician, you don't have to be a surgeon, you don't have to be black to be inspired by the message of Dr. Charles Richard Drew."

Dr. Drew played a big role in the science of blood transfusions and helped save many lives during World War II.

Dr. Cornwell added, "Before World War II, if you had a gunshot injury without the ability to transfuse blood it would not take much bleeding for that person to die. Dr. Drew's work, which allowed for preservation of blood and ultimately blood transfusions, made the survival of traumatic injuries in World War II dramatically better."

The next event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Medical Center on Hemlock St. at 7:30 a.m.

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