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February 19, 1997

One Blood: The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew

Author Affiliations

University of California, Davis— East Bay Oakland, Calif

JAMA. 1997;277(7):600-601. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540310098046

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Frankly, l've been trying to bury Charlie Drew for the past 32 years. I just don't know how often I have to say what happened to get it right. —Samuel Bullock, MD

One Blood, by Spencie Love, PhD, is a meticulously documented investigation of the death, legends, and myths surrounding the life of Charles Richard Drew, MD, DSc, the surgeon, educator, and blood preservation authority, who died after an automobile accident at the age of 45 years in 1950. Love credits her husband and the Duke Oral History Program for their stimulating and encouraging roles in the development of this document.

On December 1,1950, 8 months after Drew's death, Maltheus Avery, a World War II veteran and student at North Carolina A & T College, sustained severe injuries in an automobile accident. He was taken to the Duke Hospital in Durham, NC, where he was refused treatment because "Duke's Black