As I was walking along upper Fifth Avenue recently I passed what remained of the monument to J. Marion Sims, once lauded as the "father of modern gynecology" and now condemned for the experiments he conducted on female Afro-American slaves in the antebellum South. According to his Wikipedia bio, he performed surgery on one poor woman in Alabama thirteen times without ever once administering any form of anesthesia to lessen her pain. How could anyone show such indifference to the suffering of others?
After a recent survey of monuments in New York City occasioned by the controversy over Confederate statues in the South, Sims's was ordered removed. Below is an enlargement of the plaque placed below the pedestal where Sims's statue once stood.