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J. Marion Sims: Gynecologic Surgeon, from "The History of Medicine"

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J. Marion Sims: Gynecologic Surgeon, from "The History of Medicine"

Robert Thom

Object Creation Date
circa 1952

Medium & Support
oil on canvas

56 3/4 in. x 46 in. ( 144.15 cm x 116.84 cm )

Credit Line
Collection of the University of Michigan Health System, Gift of Pfizer Inc.

Physical Description
Little did James Marion Sims, M.D., (1813-1883) dream, that summer day in 1845, as he prepared to examine the slave girl, Lucy, that he was launching on an international career as a gynecologic surgeon; or that he was to raise gynecology from virtually an unknown to respected medical specialty. Nor did he realize that his crude back-yard hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, would be the forerunner of the nation's first Woman's Hospital, which Sims helped to establish in New York in 1855. Dr. Sims, who became a leader in gynecology in Europe as well as in the United States, served as president of The American Medical Association, 1875-1876; and was honored by many nations.

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medicine (discipline)

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