New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
J. Marion Sims, M.D., L.L.D.
Born 1813 • Died 1883
Founder of the Wo-
mans Hospital State of
New York His brilliant
the fame of American
out the entire
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
Erected 1894 by Subscription organized by "Medical Record".
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 40° 47.546′ N, 73° 57.161′ W. Marker was in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker was at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 103rd Street, on the right when traveling south on Fifth Avenue. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers The New York Academy of Medicine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Vanderbilt Gate (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marian Anderson (about 500 feet away); Arthur Brisbane (about 500 feet away); 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); Andrew Haswell Green Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. This statue again has been relocated in February 2018. Due to his controversial methods, a New York City committee decided to move the statue to Dr. Sims gravesite in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
The statue was originally installed in Bryant Park in 1894, but was moved and installed opposite the New York Academy of Medicine in 1934.
Also see . . .
1. 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 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 (Submitted on October 11, 2016.)
2. J. Marion Sims, the Father of Gynecology: Hero or Villain? (Southern Medical Journal, 2004;97(5)). (Submitted on October 11, 2016.)
3. The Dr. J. Marion Sims Statue - Central Park at 103rd Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 240 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 12, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.