Mary S. Sherman
|Mary S. Sherman|
April 21, 1913
Evanston, Illinois, USA
July 21, 1964 (aged 51)|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Alma mater||University of Chicago|
|Occupation||Orthopedic surgeon; Cancer researcher|
Sherman was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Walter Allen Stults (a founder of Pi Kappa Lambda) and the former Edith Monica Graham. She graduated from Evanston Township High School and attended the Institute de Mme Collnot in Paris, France. In 1934, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University. The following year, she received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. From 1935 to 1936, Sherman was an instructor at the University of Illinois French Institute in Paris.
In 1941, she obtained a medical degree from the University of Chicago. She interned at Bob Roberts Hospital at the University of Chicago. In 1947, she was appointed assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Billings Hospital, also affiliated with the university. In 1952, she relocated to New Orleans to become director of the bone pathology laboratory at The Ochsner Clinic Medical Foundation, a creation of surgeon Alton Ochsner. The next year she became an associate professor at New Orleans' Tulane Medical School. A cancer researcher, she was also a senior visiting surgeon in orthopedics at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
On July 21, 1964, Sherman was found dead in her apartment on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The body had stab wounds and burns from a fire set in the apartment. The police report classified the death as a murder. An autopsy was performed by Monroe S. Samuels, M.D., on July 21, 1964. The autopsy report classified Sherman's death as a homicide. Dr. Samuels determined that Sherman died of a stab wound in her heart. Most of the right side of her upper torso, including her right arm had been incinerated.
Sherman was the author or coauthor of numerous articles about bone and joint diseases. As examples, her works included:
- "The pathology of ununited fractures of the neck of the femur"
- "Infantile cortical hyperostosis; review of the literature and report of five cases"
- "The non-specificity of synovial reactions"
- "Mechanism of pain in osteoid osteomas"
- Glenn R. Conrad (1988). "Sherman, Mary S." in A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, Vol. 1, p. 741. University of Louisiana. ISBN 0940984377, ISBN 978-0940984370.
- Michael Newton (2010). The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes. Facts on File, Incorporated, p. 342. ISBN 9780816078189.
- "Mary Stults Sherman, 1913–1964". The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Vol. 46-A, No. 8 (December 1964), pp. 1824–1826.
- United Press International (UPI). "Woman Expert in Cancer Slain In Burned Louisiana Apartment". The New York Times, July 21, 1964.
- Monroe S. Samuels. Autopsy Protocol, Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, July 21, 1964, p. 1.
- Bronson Lutz. A review of Dr. Mary's Monkey. New Orleans Magazine, July 2007.
- MS Sherman and DB Phemister (1947). "The pathology of ununited fractures of the neck of the femur"[permanent dead link]. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 29(1):19–40. PMID 20284683.
- MS Sherman and DT Hellyer (1950). "Infantile cortical hyperostosis; review of the literature and report of five cases". The American Journal of Roentgenology, 63(2):212–222. PMID 15402767.
- MS Sherman (1951). "The non-specificity of synovial reactions". Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, 12(2):110–125. PMID 14905101.
- MS Sherman and GB McFarland Jr (1965). "Mechanism of pain in osteoid osteomas". Southern Medical Journal, 58(2):163–166. PMID 14246937.
- MS Sherman (1944). "The Natural Course of Poliomyelitis: A report of 70 cases". Journal of the American Medical Association, 125(2):99. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850200007003.
- "Sherman murder", The Times-Picayune, July 22, 23, 31, 1964.
- New Orleans States-Item, July 21, 31, 1964.
- Associated Press. "New Orleans Doctor's Death Is Probed". The Day, July 22, 1964, p. 27.
- Michael Bonfiglio (1977). "In memoriam: Mary Stults Sherman, M.D.". Journal of Surgical Oncology, 9(1):1–2. PMID 320390.
- FA Riddick Jr (2007). "Ochsner in Literature—nonfiction". The Ochsner Journal, 7(3):140–146. PMC 3096393. This article includes a critical review of Dr. Mary's Monkey, a book authored by Edward T. Haslam.