Patricia's Vision : The Doctor Who Saved Sight
by Lord, Michelle; Harris, Alleanna (ILT)

"Born in 1940s Harlem, Patricia Bath dreamed of being a doctor-even though that wasn't a career option for most women. This biography follows Dr. Bath in her quest to become an ophthalmologist and restore sight to the blind. "Choosing miracles" when everyone else had given up hope, she invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, becoming the first African American woman doctor to receive a medical patent"-

With three sisters and two daughters, Michelle Lord believes in girl power. She is the author of Sterling&;s A Girl Called Genghis Khan, as well as A Song for Cambodia,Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin, and numerous science books. Michelle lives in New Braunfels, TX, with her family.

Alleanna Harris is an illustrator and artist from Willingboro, NJ. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 2015 with a BFA in Animation. Visit her online at and on Instagram @alleannaharris.

Patricia's Vision joins the rising tide of books related to the contributions of women, particularly women of color, to STEM professions by featuring the many accomplishments of Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneering Black ophthalmologist, who patented groundbreaking laser-eye-surgery technology. The storytelling touches on events throughout her life, including incidents of sexism and racism, her profound focus on issues of health equity for the people in her low-income Harlem neighborhood, and how she developed the laser device that would revolutionize cataract surgery. The accessible language does not minimize her triumphs, though that, combined with the fairly simplistic artwork, make this seem like it's intended for an audience slightly too young to appreciate the importance of her achievements in ophthalmology. Nevertheless, attention to a lesser-known STEM figure is always welcome, and the images of eye anatomy and how Bath's procedure works add very useful context. Recommended for larger children's biography collections. Grades 2-5. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

The inspiring story of Dr. Patricia Bath, an African American eye surgeon who made significant contributions in the field of ophthalmology. Growing up in the late 1940s in Harlem, young Patricia first became curious about sight and sightlessness when she noticed a beggar with cloudy eyes. While her friends played nurse, Patricia wanted to be a doctor, and her working-class parents encouraged her love of science. Patricia honed her eye-hand coordination skills by sewing up and mending her dolls, a skill that would come in handy in her career. As a young ophthalmologist, Dr. Bath began working in Harlem before moving across the country to the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute in California. The discriminatory treatment Dr. Bath received at her new workspace didn't keep her from taking the high road and seeking justice and triumph. Where other doctors saw the impossible, Dr. Bath saw opportunities for miracles, going on to perform a series of groundbreaking surgeries that restored or improved sight for her patients and eventually pioneering the use of lasers in cataract surgery. The lively illustrations compleme nt this motivational text with detail and emotion, from early depictions of Patricia practicing medicine on her toys to the granting of her first patent and her later humanitarian work in Tanzania. A great tribute to a beautiful life and an important spotlight on a little-known part of American medical history. (timeline, author's note, biographical note, works cited, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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