was as strong as ever in the 1930s and therefore fueled many rumors
about Dr. Charles Drew. One of which included that Dr. Drew
was not responsible for the breakthrough of scientific or medical
discoveries for which he is today so often credited. There was a
biography wrote by, Charles Wynes entitled, "The Man and the
Myth" which describes more
about this Myth.
Another popular Myth is
about the death of Dr. Charles Drew. When the car accident that
ended his life in 1950 occurred, he was rushed to the nearest
hospital where doctors
supposedly refused to give him "White" blood. It's hard to trace the
source of this rumor but it
is said to possibly have started by Dick Gregory, the black
comedian and activist in the 1960s. Even the popular television show
"M.A.S.H." recounted the story of Drew's death, elevating it to the
level of national folklore. Although no matter how much the media
exploits this rumor it is very untrue. The three colleges that rode
with Dr. Drew during the accident survived and have confirmed that
doctors at the hospital in North Carolina recognized Dr. Drew and
did not hesitate to give him whatever blood they could. With Dr.
Drew's neck broken, chest crushed, and his vena cava severed, there
was no possibility that Drew could have survived.