The medical ethics of the 'father of gynaecology', Dr J Marion Sims.

@article{Ojanuga1993TheME,
  title={The medical ethics of the 'father of gynaecology', Dr J Marion Sims.},
  author={Durrenda Nash Ojanuga},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  year={1993},
  volume={19},
  pages={28 - 31}
}
  • D. Ojanuga
  • Published 1 March 1993
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
Vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF) was a common ailment among American women in the 19th century. Prior to that time, no successful surgery had been developed for the cure of this condition until Dr J Marion Sims perfected a successful surgical technique in 1849. Dr Sims used female slaves as research subjects over a four-year period of experimentation (1845-1849). This paper discusses the controversy surrounding his use of powerless women and whether his actions were acceptable during that… 

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