Born in the 1940s, Patricia Bath dreamed of being an ophthalmologist at a time when becoming a doctor wasn't a career option for most women — especially African-American women. But she persevered, and became Dr. Bath. She was determined to save and restore sight to the blind, and she decided to "choose miracles" when everyone else had given up hope. Along the way, she cofounded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, and became the first African-American woman doctor to receive a medical patent.
This book from the People Who Shaped Our World series tells the inspiring story of Dr. Patricia Bath, the groundbreaking ophthalmologist who pioneered laser surgery and community eye care — giving her patients the gift of sight.
"Where other doctors saw the impossible, Dr. Bath saw opportunities for miracles, going on to perform a series of groundbreaking surgeries that restored or improved sight for her patients and eventually pioneering the use of lasers in cataract surgery. The lively illustrations complement this motivational text with detail and emotion, from early depictions of Patricia practicing medicine on her toys to the granting of her first patent and her later humanitarian work in Tanzania. A great tribute to a beautiful life and an important spotlight on a little-known part of American medical history." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Publication Date||Jan 7, 2020|
|Publisher||Sterling Children's Books|
|Series Name||People Who Shaped Our World|