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Charles Richard Drew: Resources

Biographical and resource information on blood bank pioneer, Richard Charles Drew.

Books, Ebooks and Video

Articles About Dr. Charles Richard Drew

Cobb WM. Charles Richard Drew, M. D., 1904-1950. J Natl Med Assoc. 1950Jul;42(4):238- 46. PMID: 15428896, PMCID: PMC2616679

Cornwell EE 3rd, Chang DC, Leffall LD Jr. The Southern Surgical Association History of Medicine Scholarship presentation: Dr. Charles   Drew, a surgical pioneer. Ann Surg. 2006 May;243(5):612-8. PMID: 16632995, PMCID: PMC1570555

Craft PP. Charles Drew: dispelling the myth. South Med J. 1992 Dec;85(12):1236-40, 1246. PMID: 1470969

Hoover EL. Dr. Charles R. Drew: facts, fiction and legend. J Natl Med Assoc. 2005 Jun;97(6):837-8. PMID: 16035587, PMCID:

Organ CH Jr. The unfolding legacy of Charles R. Drew. Am J Surg. 1998 Jan;175(1):65-8. PMID: 9445244

Parks D. Charles Richard Drew, MD 1904--1950. J Natl Med Assoc. 1979 Sep;71(9):893-5. PMID: 387970, PMCID: PMC2537495

Rutkow IM. Moments in surgical history: Charles Richard Drew. Arch Surg. 2000 Oct;135(10):1233. PMID: 11030889

Schmidt PJ. Charles Drew, a legend in our time. Transfusion. 1997 Feb;37(2):234-6. PMID: 9051102

Tan SY, Merritt C. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950): Father of blood banking. Singapore Med J. 2017 Oct;58(10):593-594. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2017099. PMID: 29119194, PMCID: PMC5651504

Yancey AG Sr. US postage stamp issued in honor of Charles R. DREW, MD, MDSc. J Natl Med Assoc. 1982 Jun;74(6):561-5. PMID: 6750142, PMCID: PMC2552884

[No authors listed] Charles Richard Drew, M.D., 1904-1950. J Natl Med Assoc. 1956 Mar;48(2):139. PMID: 20893798, PMCID: PMC2641078







YouTube Presentation

Articles Written By Dr. Charles Richard Drew

Bull DC, Drew CR. The Preservation of Blood. Ann Surg. 1940 Oct;112(4):498-501. PMID: 17857659, PMCID: PMC1388011

Burton AF, Drew CR. Protein therapy; the clinical use of a new protein preparation. J Natl Med Assoc. 1949 Mar;41(2):74-7. PMID: 18118670, PMCID: PMC2616368

Drew CR. The Frederick Douglass Stubbs Surgical Oration. J Natl Med Assoc. 1948 Nov;40(6):256-7. PMID: 20893489, PMCID: PMC2616339

Drew CR. World health and the United Nations. J Natl Med Assoc. 1948 May;40(3):100.PMID: 18858681, PMCID: PMC2616101

Drew CR. Howard University-Washington, D. C. J Natl Med Assoc. 1947 Sep;39(5):222-3. PMID: 20893443, PMCID: PMC2616195 (See Note below).

Drew CR. Howard University-Washington, D. C. J Natl Med Assoc. 1947 Sep;39(5):223-4. PMID: 20893445, PMCID: PMC2616213 (See Note below).

Drew CR. Negro Physicians and the American Medical Association. J Natl Med Assoc. 1947 Sep;39(5):222. PMID: 20893444, PMCID: PMC2616210

Drew CR. Carl Glennis Roberts, M.D., 1886-1950. J Natl Med Assoc. 1950 Mar;42(2):109-10. PMID: 20893549, PMCID: PMC2616632

Scudder J, Drew CR, Tuthill E, Smith ME. Newer Knowledge of Blood Transfusions. Bull N Y Acad Med. 1941 May;17(5):373-98. PMID: 19312206, PMCID: PMC1933644

White JE, Drew CR. Perforating gunshot wounds of abdomen. J Natl Med Assoc. 1951 Jan;43(1):14-9. PMID: 14804102, PMCID: PMC2616741OK

Note: PMID 20893443 and PMID 20893445 are incomplete individual scans of the same series of correspondence. The first page is missing from one, the last page is missing from the other. Therefore each must be read in order to view the entire set of correspondence. [R. Schiff, MLIS]






Websites and Multimedia

Profiles in Science project, is a digital collaboration of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center of Howard University, which holds the original papers of Charles R. Drew. Photos and a host of other documents:

E-book link from Profiles in Science:

Report of the Blood Transfusion Association, "Concerning the Project for Supplying Blood Plasma to England, Which Has Been Carried on Jointly With the American Red Cross from August, 1940, to January, 1941"  

Lesson Plans and education modules from the U.S. National Library of Medicine: 

Other Websites:

Charles Richard Drew: Father of the blood bank. (undated). From The American Chemical Society. 

Charles Richard Drew (2017). From the Science History Institute.