Dr. Patricia Era Bath is an African American/Native American ophthalmologist and the inventor of the Laserphaco Probe. Bath is the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. Her Laserphaco Probe is used to treat cataracts.
WOMEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE: Dr. Elizabeth Bruyn, sitting in the back of a horse drawn ambulance. Dr. Bryun was an ambulance surgeon in New York City in the early 1900's. On her first day at work in 1910, she saved the life of an 18 month old baby who had been overcome by gas from a leak in an apartment.
This Woman's Doctor Told Her Abortion After 9 Weeks Was Not Possible