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SOUTH CAROLINA — Statue of Civil War-Era Medical Innovator Removed in NY, Remains in SC

A statue of a South Carolina native known as “the father of gynecology” was removed from Central Park in New York on Tuesday.

The legacy of Dr. J. Marion Sims — a 19th-century gynecologist who experimented on enslaved women — is so controversial that his monument was the only one of more than 800 under review that was removed from its current location in New York, npr.org reported.

The statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims is removed by crane on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in New York’s Central Park. Sims was known as the father of modern gynecology, but critics say his use of female slaves as experimental subjects was unethical. The statue is being moved to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where Sims is buried.
Mark Lennihan AP

In the Antebellum era, Sims performed surgical experiments on slaves without using anesthesia, according to newyork.cbslocal.com. These experiments led to a breakthrough technique that fixed vesicovaginal fistula, or tears between the vagina and bladder.

Statues of Sims remain standing elsewhere in the country: In addition to one in Montgomery, Ala., where he performed much of his …

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