Alabama doctors pay tribute to enslaved women J. Marion Sims used for experiments

Alabama physician J. Marion Sims became known as “the father of modern gynecology” when he discovered techniques that advanced gynecological medicine by experimenting on enslaved women in Montgomery without anesthesia.

On Wednesday, an alliance of 7,000 doctors from across the state donated to an event meant to share the stories of these women — now known as the “mothers of gynecology” — and their relevance to inequality. in health in modern medicine. The Alabama State Medical Association has donated $15,000 to artist and nonprofit founder Michelle Browder, who is hosting the Feb. 28-March 1 summit in Montgomery at the site of a monument she created in honor of enslaved women.

“This donation is important to us because we need to consider Alabama’s history, and the COVID-19 pandemic has really brought to light health inequities across different categories,” the president said. MASA, Aruna Arora. “Maternal mortality has been a major problem in our state. … We really feel like it’s time to consider what we haven’t been able to talk about so far.

Aruna Arora, president of the Alabama State Medical Association, presents artist and community leader Michelle Browder with a donation in front of the Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy monument on the More Up campus in Montgomery, Alabama, on Wednesday February 16.  2022.

A statue of Sims stands in front of the State Capitol building, near a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

A few blocks away, the new memorial to the mothers of gynecology, slaves known only as Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey, stands in the center of a campus at 17 Mildred St., near the National Memorial of Equal Justice Initiative to victims of lynching. The campus will host the conference later this month ahead of its grand public opening, which is scheduled for May 8 – Mother’s Day.

“We can’t go back and change history,” Arora said. “…But what we can do is move forward and kind of improve some of the health disparities in our state. And we have a lot of improvements to make.

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“The social determinants of health are very important.”

You can see more at anarchalucybetsey.org.

Artist and community leader Michelle Browder shows off her Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy monument to members of the Alabama State Medical Association at the More Up campus in Montgomery, Alabama, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.

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