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Cruel Medical Experiments On Slaves Were Widespread In The American South

The South Carolinian physician J. Marion Sims, often referred to as the "Father of Gynecology," developed a surgery for complications of childbirth on slave women in the 1840s. (Long seen as a villain, more recent historical research has suggested that some women willingly participated in Sims' surgeries, making him a more ambiguous figure.) Many surgical techniques — including amputations and experiments using ether as anesthesia — were tested on slaves before they made their way into…

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