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Have you heard the story of Dr. Patricia Bath? Her many achievements have earned her a place in history books – from becoming the first US woman to chair an ophthalmology residency program to inventing the Laserphaco Probe to assist patients with blindness. Author Julie Finley Mosca’s Amazing Scientist series is allowing Dr. Bath’s story to make its way into classrooms and onto bookshelves.
Dr. Bath started her life in Harlem, NY, where she tried to keep up with her older brother and sparked an interest in science. Over the years, she was often the only woman in the academic spaces where she went to learn. She didn’t let it discourage her. Instead, her passions drove her to make medical advances in the treatment of blindness, which disproportionally affects people of color.
Dr. Bath’s story is one of perseverance, hope, and initiative. Julie Finley Mosca tells her story in a way that is accessible to young readers. She also includes extensive back matter, including a timeline and a bibliography, for readers who may want to learn more.
The students in my third-grade class love flipping through this book and learning all about Dr. Bath’s achievements. As they read, they become inspired by a woman who never took no for an answer, and in turn, gave the gift of sight to many.