Dr. Ephraim McDowell is a local hero of Danville. In 1809 he performed the world's first successful ovariotomy. The local hospital is named for him. His office is preserved as a museum.
I was out with Mrs. Gruntled and Daughter #2 the other day when we saw a woman we know coming out of the McDowell House Museum holding her abdomen.
"That's odd," said I.
"Oh, very odd to me."