What years did Charles R. Drew work at Freedmen's Hospital?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Thanks to Dr. Charles Drew we have the American Red Cross. His groundbreaking work saved the lives of thousands of people. He invented the blood bank.

His first blood bank was called Blood for Britain and was used during World War II. It was after this that the Red Cross was established in the United States.

He was associated with the Freedmen's hospital twice. The first time in 1935 he was a resident at the Freedmen's hospital which is the teaching hospital for Howard University. At this time he was also an instructor at Howard University. Here he earned the Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellowship. The second time was between 1942 until 1950 where he a was a professor of medicine and a surgeon.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Charles R. Drew was a very important figure in African American history and in medical history.  He was a pioneering figure in the science of blood transfusions and of preserving blood so that it could be stored for later use in transfusions.

Dr. Drew worked at the Freedmen's Hospital in Washington, DC at two different times of his life.  The first time was from 1936 to 1938.  After that, he went on to work in various other places, including in an important Red Cross position during WWII.  After he resigned that post in protest over the segregation of blood from blacks and whites, he returned to Freedmen's.  He worked there from 1942 until his death in a 1950 traffic accident.

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