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Old Taylor Presents: Ingenious Americans Charles Richard Drew (1905-1950)

A Negro started the most important bank in the world.

Emergency. Someone needs massive blood transfusions immediately. The doctor makes one simple phone call, and in minutes the proper type is delivered, enough of it to save a life. Every day, in virtually every country of the world, blood banks perform their lifesaving service.

We take blood banks for granted today, but less than 30 years ago this one simple phone call was impossible. It was not until 1941 that Dr. Charles Drew, then director of the British Blood Plasma Project, introduced the revolutionary idea of a central depository for blood.

Drew's next step was to improve the methods of preserving blood. And as the first director of the American Red Cross Blood Bank, he supplied much needed plasma to the United States Armed Forces.

But it was not only through the banking of blood that Dr. Drew made his mark. In the 1930s, as a professor and head of surgery at Howard University medical school, Dr. Drew trained and encouraged hundreds of young doctors. Under his strong leadership, the enrollment at Howard swelled.

Shortly after the war, Dr. Drew was named surgical consultant for the United States Army. Then, a year later, his brilliant career was brought to an abrupt halt. He was killed in an auto crash.

Although he died young, Dr. Drew left an enduring mark in many fields. He had been an outstanding athlete and coach, a magnetic speaker, an inspired teacher, a dynamic administrator, a gifted scientist and a skilled surgeon. 

But, most of all, Dr. Charles Drew will be remembered as the Ingenious American who started the most important bank in history.

Would you like to own the handsome sculptured bust of Dr. Charles Richard Drew? It's 8" tall, made of antique bronze cast stone, and carries the complete Drew story. It costs $5.00 (which is what it costs us). Send check or money order to: Old Taylor, Box 4866S, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y. 10017. (Please allow 8 weeks for delivery.)
Offer expires Dec. 31, 1972

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