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Ephraim McDowell
Date Issued: 1959-12-03
Postage Value: 4 cents

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Ephraim McDowell
Ephraim McDowell

Ephraim McDowell, son of a creator of the Kentucky constitution, studied medicine in this country and Scotland before returning to his Danville, KY, home in 1795 as a surgeon and teacher. His specialties were oviarotomies, bladder surgery, and hernia repairs. One of his most famous patients was future president James K. Polk, on whom McDowell performed both a bladder operation and hernia repair. McDowell's most famous case involved Jane Todd Crawford, from whom he removed a 20-pound ovarian tumor. She lived 30 more years. Of 13 operations he performed on ovarian tumors and cysts, he had eight recoveries.

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