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On Christmas Day in 1809 in Danville, a thousand miles from the nearest hospital and 35 years before the development of anesthesia, Dr. Ephraim McDowell (1771-1830) removed a ovarian tumor from the abdomen of a Kentucky woman.
It was the world's first ovariotomy and it eventually brought McDowell worldwide acclaim as the father of abdominal surgery.
L. Henry Dowell will portray McDowell in a Kentucky Chautauqua performance at the Green County Public Library on Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. ET.
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