School Datebooks Presents This Week in History: July 9, 1893

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July 9, 1893 – Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed one of the earliest cardiac surgeries when he replaced a patient’s pericardium at Chicago’s Provident Hospital.

Black doctors were not allowed to work in Chicago hospitals during the time that he graduated from medical school. As a result, in 1891, Williams started the Provident Hospital and training school for nurses in Chicago.  

In the 1890's, there were many attempts to perform a surgery of this kind. Williams performed one of the first successful operations on James Cornish, a knife wound patient.

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