Near Graysville in Sullivan County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Grave of Jane Todd Crawford
— First Ovariotomy Performed —
Jane Todd was born in Virginia in 1763. In 1805 she and her husband, Thomas Crawford, moved to Green County, Ky. Suffering from a huge abdominal tumor, she rode 60 miles to Danville, Ky., to submit to an operation never before performed. On December 25, 1809, Dr. Ephraim McDowell performed this, the first ovariotomy, in his home. The ordeal lasted 25 minutes. There was no anesthesia. Mrs. Crawford recovered completely. Years later she came to Graysville to live with her son, Thomas, a Presbyterian minister. She died in 1842 at age 78. She is buried here. The restored McDowell home in Danville is a surgical shrine.
Erected 1972 by Woman's Auxiliary of the Southern Medical Association. (Marker Number 77.1972.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 8.101′ N, 87° 32.429′ W. Marker is near Graysville, Indiana, in Sullivan County. Marker is on State Road 63 north of State Road Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Graysville IN 47852, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairbanks' Massacre (approx. 5.9 miles away); A Civil War Murder (approx. 6 miles away); Sullivan Carnegie Library (approx. 7½ miles away); Global War on Terrorism (approx. 7.6 miles away); World War I & World War I I Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away); Korean War & Vietnam War - - Veterans (approx. 7.6 miles away); Fort Foot (approx. 9.9 miles away in Illinois); Palestine, Illinois (approx. 9.9 miles away in Illinois).
Also see . . . Official Web Site - - McDowell House Museum : :. Story of Jane Todd Crawford - and other items.... (Submitted on August 17, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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