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June 8, 1935

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JAMA. 1935;104(23):2100-2101. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230048015

THE MONUMENT FOR JANE TODD CRAWFORD  Memorial Day for 1935 was marked by an unusual feature from the point of view of the medical profession. In Danville, Ky., the Kentucky State Medical Association dedicated a monument to the memory of Jane Todd Crawford, who, 126 years ago, voluntarily submitted herself to the first ovariectomy. This monument is perhaps the second ever dedicated anywhere in the world to a heroic patient, the first being that of Jean Baptiste Jupille, the shepherd boy who fifty years ago was given the Pasteur treatment after he had courageously fought a mad dog and saved the lives of six children. Already a monument stands for Ephraim McDowell, the noted physician who performed the operation on Mrs. Crawford. Today his name is high among those who have contributed largely to the advancement of abdominal surgery. At a time when anesthesia and asepsis were as yet unknown,