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dc.contributor.authorWatkins, Levi
dc.contributor.otherWarren, Mame
dc.description.abstractLevi Watkins, Jr. was born in Parsons, Kansas. He completed his undergraduate work at Tennessee State University, where he majored in biology. He went on to become the first African American to be admitted to the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Despite facing enormous prejudice, Watkins graduated in 1970. He completed his medical internship at Johns Hopkins, where he was the first black intern. He then went to study at Harvard Medical School's Department of Physiology. There, he completed revolutionary research on congestive heart failure. In 1975, Watkins returned to Hopkins and became Hopkins' first black chief resident in heart surgery. Watkins notably performed the first implantation of an automatic heart defibrillator. In this history, Watkins discusses his experiences as an African-American in the medical field in the middle of the 20th century as well as his career and education. This oral history is part of the Mame Warren oral histories series.en_US
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dc.subjectWatkins, Levi, Jr., 1944-2015en_US
dc.subjectJohns Hopkins University. School of Medicineen_US
dc.subjectJohns Hopkins Hospitalen_US
dc.subjectVanderbilt University. School of Medicineen_US
dc.subjectThomas, Vivien T., 1910-1985en_US
dc.subjectBlalock, Alfred, 1899-1964en_US
dc.subjectTaussig, Helen B. (Helen Brooke), 1898-1986en_US
dc.subjectMirowski, M. (Mieczyslaw)en_US
dc.subjectKouwenhoven, W.B. (William Bennett), 1886-1975en_US
dc.subjectZuidema, George D.en_US
dc.subjectRoss, Richard S., 1924-2015en_US
dc.subjectKing, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968en_US
dc.subjectKing, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006en_US
dc.subjectBelafonte, Harry, 1927-en_US
dc.subjectTutu, Desmonden_US
dc.subjectParks, Rosa, 1913-2005en_US
dc.subjectAbernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990en_US
dc.subject.otherAfrican Americans in medicineen_US
dc.subject.otherInterns (Medicine)en_US
dc.subject.otherAfrican American surgeonsen_US
dc.subject.otherRace discriminationen_US
dc.subject.otherAfrican Americans--Segregationen_US
dc.subject.otherPrivate clubsen_US
dc.subject.otherAfrican Americans--Civil rightsen_US
dc.subject.otherAutomated external defibrillationen_US
dc.subject.otherMedical colleges--Admissionen_US
dc.subject.otherMaryland--Baltimore--East Baltimoreen_US
dc.subject.otherRace relationsen_US
dc.subject.otherCivil rights workersen_US
dc.titleOral history of Levi Watkinsen_US
dc.typeRecording, oralen_US

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