Come visit the former home and office of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. Here on Christmas morning 1809, Dr. McDowell performed surgery on Jane Todd Crawford for the removal of an ovarian tumor. The ovarian tumor he removed from Mrs. Crawford weighed twenty-two and one-half pounds. The surgery was performed without benefit of anesthetic or antisepsis, neither of which was known to the medical profession at the time. Mrs. Crawford’s surgery was successful. She returned to her home in Green County twenty-five days after the operation and lived another thirty-two years. This was the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor in the world.
The museum is furnished and features a wonderful collection of antiques including early medical equipment.
The McDowell House is a National Historic Landmark.
Please come visit our gift shop! It is across the street from the museum (the red brick building on the corner).
Our gift shop is open Monday-Saturday 11-4.
You can contact the gift shop at:
134 S. Second St. Danville, KY (859) 236-2803
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