Courageous Historical Figure

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RUNNING HEAD: COURAGEOUS HISTORICAL FIGURE | Dictionary.com defines courage as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. In other words; overcome your fears. You may be told you can't do something or it's something that's never been done but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Whether you succeed or not, as long as you give it your best you will cross the threshold. Dr. Patricia Bath is a more recent historical figure who has shown great courage. Dr. Bath came from a poverty stricken and predominately black community. She came from Harlem, NY where there weren't any high schools and African Americans were excluded from most medical schools. Dr. Bath refused to let these obstacles stand in her way. She went to medical school in the early 1960's and persevered against the sexism and racism to graduate and become an ophthalmologist, surgeon, and patients' rights activist. Dr. Bath was the first African American female surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center. She co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. In the early 1980's she received a patent for a medical invention making her the first African American female doctor to do so. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for removing cataracts. By the late 1980's Dr. Bath had received four patents from the United States and many international patents for all innovations related to the Laserphaco. Dr. Bath was determined to prove that the color of your skin and your gender do not determine what a person can accomplish. Dr. Bath continues to give her time to preventing and treating blindness, advocating telemedicine, and directing the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. No matter whom you are, how you look, or what your beliefs are; if you set your mind to something you can accomplish anything. References

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