Medicine: Ovariotomy No. 1

At Danville last week members of the Kentucky State Medical Association dedicated a monument to a woman because she survived an operation. It is the only recorded tribute of its kind, commemorating as it does the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor. That operation in turn marked the real beginning of abdominal surgery in the U. S.

Late in 1809 Dr. Ephraim McDowell, 38, of Danville, best surgeon west of Philadelphia, received a call to Greentown, 60 miles across country, to deliver a Mrs. Jane Todd Crawford. Dr. McDowell, a big, vigorous man,...

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