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“Healing the Loathsome: J. Marion Sims’ Unreconciled Legacy of Racial Exploitation in Medicine.”

· 119 S Main Street Lancaster, SC 29720
· Friday, July 19, 2013
· 12-12:30

The Native American Studies Center will offer this free lecture on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 12pm at the N.AS.C. located at 119 S Main Street in Lancaster, SC 29720. One of Lancaster’s most celebrated historical figures, J. Marion Sims established his reputation as the “father” of modern gynecology through research performed on enslaved African-American women. Was Sims unfairly exploiting this vulnerable population for professional gain? Or were his efforts part of an earnest attempt to relieve human suffering? In this talk, Adam Biggs will discuss the complex ethical issues surrounding Sims’ methods and consider their implications for modern medical research and his historical legacy. Please direct any questions or comments regarding the series to Brent Burgin at 803-313-7063 or wbburgin@ Mr. Burgin welcomes suggestions and ideas for future talks and speakers.

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