Mary S. Sherman

Mary Stults Sherman (April 21, 1913 – July 21, 1964) was an American orthopedic surgeon and cancer researcher in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mary S. Sherman
Mary Stults

(1913-04-21)April 21, 1913
DiedJuly 21, 1964(1964-07-21) (aged 51)
Alma materEvanston Township High School

Northwestern University

University of Chicago
OccupationOrthopedic surgeon, cancer researcher
SpouseThomas Sherman


On July 21, 1964, Sherman was found dead in her apartment on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.[1] The body had stab wounds and burns from a fire.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Sherman's murder remains unsolved.[4]


Sherman was the author or coauthor of numerous articles about bone and joint diseases. As examples, her works included:

She was also the author of an article titled "The Natural Course of Poliomyelitis: A report of 70 cases".[9]


  1. ^ a b United Press International (UPI). "Woman Expert in Cancer Slain In Burned Louisiana Apartment". The New York Times, July 21, 1964.
  2. ^ Monroe S. Samuels. Autopsy Protocol, Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, July 21, 1964, p. 1.
  3. ^ Brobson Lutz. A review of Dr. Mary's Monkey. New Orleans Magazine, July 2007.
  4. ^ Times-Picayune, NOLA com | The. "In the death of Doctor Mary Sherman, strange myths pale next to stranger facts". Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ MS Sherman (1951). "The non-specificity of synovial reactions". Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, 12(2):110–125. PMID 14905101.
  8. ^ MS Sherman and GB McFarland Jr (1965). "Mechanism of pain in osteoid osteomas". Southern Medical Journal, 58(2):163–166. PMID 14246937.
  9. ^ 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.

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