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James Marion Sims - bibliography

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American gynaecologist, born January 25, 1813, Lancaster County, South Carolina; died November 13, 1883, New York.


  • On the treatment of vesico-vaginal fistula.
    American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Thorofare, N.J., 1852.
    His silver suture is described in volume 2, pp. 59-82.
    Reprinted in Medical Classics, 1938, 2: 677-712.
  • Silver sutures in surgery. New York, S. S. & S. W. Wood, 1858. 10 977
    This work was originally delivered before the New York Academy of Medicine. Sims recounts his early experience with the use of silver sutures (used to avoid sepsis) and takes full credit for their discovery and adoptation.
  • A new uterus elevator.
    American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Thorofare, N.J., 1858.
  • Amputation of the cervix uteri.
    Transactions of the New York Medical Society, 1861: 367-371.
  • On vaginismus.
    Transactions of the Obstetrical Society of London, 1862; 3: 356-367.
  • On the surgical treatment of painful menstruation. Lancet, London, 1865.
  • On a new form of curette.
    Transactions of the Obstetrical Society of London, 1866; VII.
  • Abstract of a paper on procidentia uteri.
    Transactions of the Obstetrical Society of London, 1866; VIII.
  • Clinical notes on uterine surgery, with reference to the management of the sterile condition.
    London, R. Hardwicke, 1866.
    A revolutionary and controversial work, written in Paris while Sims was in voluntary exile because of the U.S. Civil War, and first serialised in Lancet, 1864-1865. Included, pp. 16-18, the description of Sim’s duck-billed speculum. Also included important and pioneering work on the treatment of infertility, including analysis of the conditions essential to conception, and record of a successful artificial insemination. American edition, New York, 1866.
  • Ovariotomy. British Medical Journal, 1867.
  • On the nitroxide gas as an anaesthetic.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1868.
  • Clinical notes on uterine surgery etc. British Medical Journal, London, 1866.
    German translation by Beigel: Klinik der Gebärmutter-Chirurgie, mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Behandlung der Sterilität. Erlangen, 1866; 2nd edition, 1870. 3rd editions, Stuttgart, 1873.
  • Intrauterine fibroid tumors. 1874.
  • On Nelaton’s method of resuscitation from chloroform narcosis.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1874.
    Referring to Auguste Nélaton, French physician and surgeon, 1807-1873.
  • Normal ovariotomy: Battey’s operation; oophorotomy.
    Medical Times and Gazette, London, 1877.
    Referring to Robert Battey, American surgeon, 1828-1895.
  • Remarks on cholecystotomy in dropsy of the gall-bladder.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1878, 1: 811-815.
  • On the extraction of foreign bodies from the ear.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1878.
  • Remark on Battey’s operation. British Medical Journal, London, 1878.
  • The operation of Simpson and Sims for stenosis of the cervix uteri, comparison.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1878.
  • The treatment of the epithelioma of the cervix uteri.
    American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children, New York, 1879.
  • The bromids of ethyl as anaesthetic. Medical Record, New York, 1880.
  • Remarks on the treatment of gunshot-wounds of the abdomen in relation to modern peritoneal surgery.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1881.
  • Microscope in the sterile condition.
  • Treatise on ovariotomy. German translation by H. Beigel, 1873.
  • History of the discovery of anaesthesia.
  • The Story of my Life.
    New York, 1884; German translation by Ludwig Weiss, Stuttgart, 1885.
  • R. Olshausen:
    Ueber Marion Sims und seine Verdienste um die Chirurgie.Address, Berlin, 1897.
  • H. E. Sigerist:
    Amerika und die Medizin. Leipzig, 1933; pp. 124-128.
  • Eric v.d. Luft:
    Short biographical notices of Henry Ingersoll Bowditch, Ephraim McDowell, Elisha North, Isaac Ray, Pierre François Olive Rayer, and James Marion Sims.
    In: Science and its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery, edited by Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer, vol. 5, 1800-1899. Detroit: Gale Group, 2000, pp. 378, 383-386.

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