Harriet Washington an amazing SJ health scholar and others will be discussing how Marion Sims used African American Slaves as research subjects and how he is honored in this regard. I have linked two articles here that are in opposition about the informed consent and ethics regarding his practice- neither addressed the issue of early childbirth and how chattel slavery caused the medical problem to begin with.
I would be happy to have a discussion with any students about this over coffee … this is an important history and one you should be aware of as a new school student.
Monument to What?
Panel Discussion about the Monument to Dr. Marion Sims
6:30pm- 9:30pm ArtSpace 156 5th Avenue Suite 306.
Part of the Wishful Thinking and Making Progress project
Ojanuga, D. 1993. The medical ethics of the Father of Gynaeocology Dr. J. Marion Sims. Journal of Medical Ethics. 19:28-31. Link http://jme.bmj.com/content/19/1/28.full.pdf
Wall, L.L. 2006. The medical ethics of Dr. J Marion Sims: A fresh look at the historical record. Journal of Medical Ethics. 32: 346-350. Link