Around Town: Sanders writes about old-time medicine

January 05, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Stuart Sanders, director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association, has historic interests other than the Civil War.

In the recent issue of Kentucky Humanities, he has an article about Dr. Ephraim McDowell, known as the father of modern surgery. "The Kindest Cut" tells about the Christmas Day surgery in 1809 that gave McDowell the recognition as the doctor who performed the world's first successful abdominal operation.

Jane Todd Crawford rode horseback from Green County to McDowell's house and office on South Second Street. McDowell removed a 22-pound ovarian cyst and 25 days later Crawford was well enough to return home.

The articles has a picture of Crawford and McDowell at the house, which is now a museum, and the room where the surgery took place.


The magazine is published by the Kentucky Humanities Council.

St. Jude's uses old Christmas cards

About this time every year, someone asks for the address to send used Christmas cards, so here it is without asking.

Children at St. Jude's Ranch make new cards from old. The program has been expanded to include all type of greetings cards, not just Christmas. For more information about the program, check out the Web site,

Mail Christmas and other cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children, 100 St. Jude's St., Boulder City, NV 89005-1618.

Bowser, at 82, helps school as crossing guard

Margaret Bowser of Hyde Park in Cincinnati has been busy since she retired in 1965.

Bowser started her teaching career in Crab Orchard in the early 1940s. She moved to Cincinnati when she married. Now 82, she is still at school, but in a different capacity than teaching in a classroom. Bowser is a crossing guard "out there in rain, sleet and snow."

The principal talked about the former teacher's keen eye. "She knows everything. She knows who goes in what car. She even knows the dogs that run through the neighborhood.

KET following 2004 General Assembly

The 2004 General Assembly starts up in January.

KET will be following the sessions beginning Jan. 6. Some years, the actions and antics of legislators have been as entertaining as any sit-com.

Coverage is at 11 p.m. each weeknight. You can also keep up with coverage on the Web:

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