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Meet the first African American women to patent a device for medical purposes

MEET-THE-FIRST-AMERICAN-AFRMEET THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO PATENT A DEVICE FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES — Dr. Patricia Bath was the first African American woman to patent a device for medical purposes.  She invented a surgical tool called the Laserphaco Probe which is used during eye surgery to correct cataracts. Her invention was a less invasive way to treat cataracts, which is a medical condition of the eye that clouds one’s vision and can eventually lead to blindness.

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