Saving lives is the job of every medical professional, regardless of their background. Not every part of our society has always been allowed to be a part of that lifesaving work, however, so the inspiring stories in this book are about people who overcame barriers to fulfill their mission. Pioneer nurses, groundbreaking surgeons, inventive medical engineers, and more, the black people featured in this book are just the tip of the iceberg of thousands of dedicated professionals. Will your story be in this book someday? Great scientific achievements, innovations, and inventions have been recorded in recent times and in the past by men and women of color, and this series celebrates their work and lives, specialty by specialty. Their stories can inspire students of today to pursue their own dreams of science success. In a perfect world, we, like science, would not see color. Until then, we celebrate and inspire with stories of BLACK ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE.