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Drew, Charles Richard (1905–1950)




Charles Drew was a US physician whose research at the Columbia Medical Center in 1940 led to the discovery that plasma could replace whole blood transfusions. During World War 2 he supervised the American Red Cross blood-donor project but was not allowed to donate blood himself because he was Afro-American; his continuing protest led to a change in policy.


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