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Sims, J. Marion

Jane Eliot Sewell

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1200851

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Sims, J. Marion (25 January 1813–12 November 1883), pioneer gynecologist, was born James Marion Sims in Lancaster, South Carolina, the son of John Sims, a farmer and hotel keeper, and Mahala Mackey. He was educated at South Carolina College, where he received a B.A. in 1832. He decided to enter medicine and began by apprenticing to a local doctor, Churchill Jones. After attending lectures at the Medical College of Charleston, he obtained his medical diploma from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1835. Sims launched his practice in Mount Meigs, Alabama, and in 1836 married Eliza Theresa Jones. In 1849 the couple settled with their extended family in Montgomery, Alabama. They had at least five children....

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