J. Marion Sims (1813-1883) practiced medicine in central Alabama from 1835 to 1849. He is often credited with being the "father of gynecology," but his methods and practices caused great controversy regarding his place in medical history. During his Alabama years he developed medical and surgical techniques and tools that revolutionized the new field of gynecology and through them had a successful career in New York and Europe. Critics, however, point out that Sims's experimental surgeries, which were performed on enslaved women subjected to forced treatment, caused great suffering and helped to prop up the institution of slavery. Sims thus remains a controversial figure in medical history, despite his contributions to the field.
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I didn't bold too much as it is a good read. While not about an African-American person, still nonetheless important to Black History.