Dr. James Marion Sims
As Good as It Used to Get
If you self-diagnosed a “female complaint,” there were of course remedies!
From a biography of Sims:
In the early 1880s it was a rare person indeed who had not heard of Sims. Not only was he one of America's most famous physicians: he was an international legend, a controversial cosmopolite whose ability to blaze new trails and to effect remarkable cures kept him almost constantly in the limelight and brought him hordes of friends, not a few enemies, and a fabulous income wherever he went - which was practically everywhere. ... [Sims] was the physician who brought new hope and new life to women, the surgeon who, more than any other, dispelled the age-old fatalistic belief that it was God's will for countless wives and mothers to go to an early grave or to suffer lifelong invalidism. -- Seale Harris, Woman's Surgeon (1950), pp. xv-xvi
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