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January 4, 1913

Grave of Jane Crawford, the First Subject of Ovariotomy

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Sullivan, Ind.

JAMA. 1913;60(1):67. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340010069031

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To the Editor  —The Kentucky Medical Society has been trying to find the grave of Jane Crawford, on whom Dr. McDowell performed his first operation for ovariotomy.I am glad to say that I have found the grave in the Johnson Cemetery ten miles northwest of this city. It is marked by a small marble slab.Jane Crawford, I believe, was the widow of Thomas Crawford, and came to this county with her son, the Rev. James Crawford, a Presbyterian minister, who owned a farm at that time just across the road from the cemetery. His wife, who died April 4, 1852, is buried near his mother.I remember the Rev. James Crawford, for he was a frequent visitor in my father's home—the late Dr. John J. Thompson of this city—and I think he died at Sunrise, Iowa. His son Alexander was in Sullivan and visited my father some time

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