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J. Marion Sims, M.D., L.L.D.

Born 1813 • Died 1883

 
 
J. Marion Sims Marker - First Panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
1. J. Marion Sims Marker - First Panel
Inscription. [First Panel:]
Surgeon &
Philanthropist
Founder of the Wo-
mans Hospital State of
New York His brilliant
achievement carried
the fame of American
surgery through-
out the entire
world

[Second Panel:]
In recognition
of his services in
the cause of science
& mankind Awarded
highest honors by his
countrymen & decor
ations from the gov
ernments of Belgium
France · Italy · Spain
& Portugal

 
Erected 1894 by Subscription organized by "Medical Record".
 
Location. 40° 47.546′ N, 73° 57.161′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 103rd Street, on the right when traveling south on Fifth Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10029, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The New York Academy of Medicine (within shouting distance of this marker); Marian Anderson (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arthur Brisbane (about 500 feet away);
J. Marion Sims Marker - Second Panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
2. J. Marion Sims Marker - Second Panel
Before There Was a Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Saint Vincent (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Clinton: On Top of Manhattan (approx. 0.2 miles away); A View From the Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Al Hirschfeld (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in New York City.
 
More about this marker. The statue was originally installed in Bryant Park in 1894, but was moved and installed in its current location opposite the New York Academy of Medicine in 1934.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dr. James Marion Sims (New York City Department of Parks and Recreation). (Submitted on October 11, 2016.)
2. J. Marion Sims (Wikipedia). James Marion Sims (January 25, 1813 – November 13, 1883) (known as J. Marion Sims) was an American physician and a pioneer in the field of surgery, known as the "father of modern gynecology". His most significant work was to develop a surgical technique for the repair of vesicovaginal fistula, a severe complication of obstructed childbirth....Sims' use of enslaved African-American women as experimental subjects is considered highly
J. Marion Sims image. Click for full size.
Published by N.Y. Medical Journal, circa 1900
3. J. Marion Sims
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
unethical by modern historians and ethicists. He is considered "a prime example of progress in the medical profession made at the expense of a vulnerable population." Physician L.L. Wall has attempted to defend Sims on the basis of his conformity to accepted medical practices of the time, the therapeutic nature of his surgery, and the catastrophic nature for women of the condition he was trying to fix.
(Submitted on October 11, 2016.) 

3. J. Marion Sims, the Father of Gynecology: Hero or Villain? (Southern Medical Journal, 2004;97(5)). (Submitted on October 11, 2016.)
4. Slaves, Experiments & Dr. Marion Sims's Statue: Should It Stay or Go? (New American Media, 12/8/10). (Submitted on October 11, 2016.)
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
J. Marion Sims Statue and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
4. J. Marion Sims Statue and Marker - Wide View
From 1845 to 1849 Sims conducted a series of experiments on enslaved Black women that led to medical breakthroughs in treating vesicovaginal fistula, which results from difficult childbirths. Three of the enslaved women were identified by Sims as Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy. Medical scholarship has debated Sims' application of "informed consent" with respect to these enslaved patients. By law, slaves had no personal rights and were the property of their owners who held possession of their lives, their bodies, and their labor. Many have also condemned the ethics of Sims’ scientific methods. He operated on these subjects, in some cases repeatedly, without the use of anesthesia. At the time, anesthesia was new to the medical profession, and was first publicly demonstrated at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846. - New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on October 11, 2016.
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