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1813, Jan 251883, Nov 13
an American physician and a pioneer in the field of surgery, known as the "father of modern gynecology". His most significant work was the development of a surgical technique for the repair of vesicovaginal fistula, a severe complication of obstructed childbirth. He is also remembered for inventing Sims' speculum, Sims' sigmoid catheter, and the Sims' position. However, "one would be hard pressed to find a more controversial figure in the history of medicine." Sims perfected his surgical techniques by operating without anesthesia on enslaved black women.
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