Critics: Remove Statue of Doctor Who Experimented On Slaves

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Melissa Mark-Viverito (center) called the doctor’s work a “stain on our nation’s history” that should not be honored. (Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is among those calling for the removal of the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims.

Sims was a 19th-century physician who used slave women to develop his surgical technique to repair fistulas and operated on these women without anesthesia.

The removal of Confederate statues sparked a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., this month. An anti-racism demonstrator was killed when a car drove into a crowd protesting the rally.

Following that violence, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials would review “symbols of hate” on city property.

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