SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Elizabeth O'Brien
In the 18th century, priests in Spanish colonies in the Americas were required to perform Caesaran operations on pregnant women whose own lives were beyond saving in order to baptize their fetuses, helping to develop the Catholic doctrine that the unborn already had souls.
Historian and physician Vanessa Worthington Gamble interviewed about the disturbing story of the founder of gynecology
His name was J. Marion Sims and he experimented on black female slaves.
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