Throughout her life, Dr. Bath faced many problems that should have stopped her from being a success. She lived in relative poverty as a child, and grew up in a time when racism and sexism prevailed. As an African American woman, she faced these issues well into her college days, and throughout her career. Despite these obstacles, Dr. Bath achieved many amazing things. She discovered the equation that predicts cancer growth. She uncovered the fact that African Americans have a disproportional amount of eye problems, and she found a way to address this issue through community outreach programs such as her foundation – the American Institute for Blindness Prevention. Perhaps her greatest achievement is her invention, the Laserphaco Probe, which improves on a painful surgery, and restores sight to those previously thought to be eternally blind. Dr. Bath’s medical and humanitarian contributions have sealed her place in history, and her legacy will never be forgotten.


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