A statue of Dr. Marion Sims sits smack dab in Central Park New York, but some of his most pioneering surgeries were first performed on enslaved women in Montgomery Alabama. A controversial figure in modern medicine, some of his patients underwent more than 20 surgeries under his care without anesthesia. On the other hand, Marion Sims relieved many women of previously inoperable fistulas, went on to found America’s first women’s hospital and invented surgical techniques still in use today.

Today on Huntsvillain History the story of J. Marion Sims and his patients, Anarcha, Betsy, Lucy and many more unnamed.

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