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.
Our hours are 10-12 & 1-4 Mon-Sat. & 2-4 on Sun.
We take tours as they arrive but please arrive by 3:30 for a tour.
Our gift shop is open from 11-4, and is across the street from our museum in Constitution Square. Its address is 134 S. Second St. Please come visit us!
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