Suggested Headline: Dr. Charles R. Drew’s Blood Bank Efforts Saved Countless Lives
Blood donation has become one of the most well-known and most effective life-saving medical techniques in modern surgery. Countless lives are saved each year through blood donation. One of the most important figures in modern blood banks was Dr. Charles Richard Drew, whose efforts saved many lives during World War II.
Drew was born in Washington, DC, in June 1904. His mother was a teacher, and his father was a carpet layer. The couple made a comfortable living for Drew and his four brothers and sisters.
After graduating high school in 1922, Drew earned an athletic scholarship at Amherst University in Massachusetts. After graduating in 1926, he worked for two years as a professor of biology and chemistry as well as a football coach at Morgan College in Maryland to save money for medical school. Drew attended the prestigious McGill University medical school in Canada where he was an honors student and graduated second in his class in 1933.
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