J. Marion Sims, MD: Why He and His Accomplishments Need to Continue to be Recognized a Commentary and Historical Review.

  title={J. Marion Sims, MD: Why He and His Accomplishments Need to Continue to be Recognized a Commentary and Historical Review.},
  author={Leonard F. Vernon},
  journal={Journal of the National Medical Association},
  • L. F. Vernon
  • Published 1 August 2019
  • History
  • Journal of the National Medical Association
3 Citations
#SayHerName: Should Obstetrics and Gynecology Reckon with the Legacy of JM Sims?
Acknowledging the personal sacrifice of the enslaved women and addressing the truth behind the immoral practices of Sims, encourages reconciliation of the race-based medical atrocities of the past and sets the tone for moral, more equitable medical care moving forward.
Recruitment of Older African Americans in Alzheimers Disease Clinical Trials Using A Community Based Research Approach
The effectiveness of a community-based recruitment method using AWG to enhance knowledge, clinical trial interest, and recruitment into observational and lifestyle ADRD clinical trials among older African Americans is demonstrated.
How to expose scientific racism?
  • W. Lawson
  • Medicine, Sociology
    Journal of the National Medical Association
  • 2019


James Marion Sims: some speculations and a new position
In the latter part of the 20th century, the earlier idealistic views of Sims have been challenged by feminist writers and social historians, and these writers have said he experimented with women’s bodies, and he did not use anaesthesia.
J. Marion Sims: a defense of the father of gynecology.
It is concluded that J. Marion Sims may have used the downtrodden, indigent, and slaves of the day for his own personal gain, especially with regard to the condition of vesicovaginal fistula.
The medical ethics of Dr J Marion Sims: a fresh look at the historical record
  • L. Wall
  • Medicine
    Journal of Medical Ethics
  • 2006
The evidence suggests that Sims’s original patients were willing participants in his surgical attempts to cure their affliction—a condition for which no other viable therapy existed at that time.
Did J. Marion Sims deliberately addict his first fistula patients to opium?
  • L. Wall
  • Medicine, History
    Journal of the history of medicine and allied sciences
  • 2007
The evidence suggests that although these women were probably tolerant to the doses of opium that he used, there is no evidence that he deliberately tried to addict them to this drug.
Historical Development of Modern Anesthesia
  • D. Robinson, A. Toledo
  • Medicine
    Journal of investigative surgery : the official journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
  • 2012
How the various elements of anesthesiology (gasses, laryngoscopes, endotracheal tubes, intravenous medications, masks, and delivery systems) were discovered and how some brilliant entrepreneurs and physicians of the past two centuries have delivered them to humanity is described.
The medical ethics of the 'father of gynaecology', Dr J Marion Sims.
The controversy surrounding Dr Sims' use of powerless women as research subjects and whether his actions were acceptable during that historical period are discussed.
Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
232 pages, $24.00. Reviewed by Henry S. Cohn In The Myth of the Litigious Society, University of Buffalo School of Law professor David Engel denies that Americans are suit-happy. He notes that the
From Midwives to Medicine: The Birth of American Gynecology
In exploring the controversial career of J. Marion Sims, "the father of gynaecology", and the history of the Woman's Hospital of the State of New York, McGregor chronicles the emergence of a practice involving previously untried medical techniques and the use of experimentation on patients according to a social hierarchy based on race and sex.
J. Marion Sims and the Vesico-vaginal Fistula: Then and Now*
  • C. Moir
  • History, Medicine
    British medical journal
  • 1940
Ninety-five years ago in the town of Montgomery, Alabama, there stood a tiny hospital that must be reckoned one of the most remarkable hospitals of all time; it housed seven women, all negro slaves, whose lives were blighted by the consequences of hard childbirth.
Ethics in gynecologic surgical innovation.
  • D. Richardson
  • Medicine
    American journal of obstetrics and gynecology
  • 1994