Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. Jane Wright, Pioneer in the Treatment for Cancer


Farewell to a medical pioneer.

Black America Web

A phenomenal woman of the medical field passed away recently. Dr. Jane C. Wrightwas responsible for the use of chemotherapy as a viable resort for treating cancer.  In 1955, Dr. Wright served as Director of Cancer Research at NYU Medical Center. She discovered a new way to reach cancerous tumors that were once hard to reach. Dr. Wright passed away at her home in Guttenberg, NJ on February 19th from dementia. She was 93 years old.

Born in Manhattan, Ny. in 1919, Wright studied art in school before determining her desire for medicine. After graduating from Ethical Culture Fieldston School, she attended Smith College, then received a full scholarship to New York Medical College.

Dr. Wright came from a long line of doctor pioneers; her father, Dr. Louis T. Wright, was one of the first black graduates of Harvard Medical School and was the first black doctors appointed to…

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