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New York, Nov. 5, 1894.
To the Editor:
—In your editorial of Nov. 3, 1894, you state that the Sims statue is the first public statue erected in the United States to the memory of a medical man. How about the statue of Dr. J. D. Crawford, which for years has stood in the rotunda of the Capitol at Washington, as the discoverer of ether in 1842?It is a more graceful execution than that of Sims, who is represented with harsh angles without the smoothness and ease of the real Dr. Sims, as his presence graced the parlors, chambers and streets of New York.If a medallion or monument can be called a statue, then Dr. Ephraim McDowell, of Kentucky, was thus honored.I am glad to see your notice. The erection of this statue is an unique event and deserves fullest recognition. Few such statues adorn the capitals
Cutter E. The First Statue to a Medical Man in the United States.. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(20):767. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421250029009