Surgery, Medical Botany, and Science 1800–1825

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI:
Surgery, Medical Botany, and Science 1800–1825

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Ephraim McDowell is recognized throughout the world as the father of abdominal surgery for performing the first ovariotomy in history in Danville, Kentucky, in 1809. Alongside Henry Clay, he is viewed as one of the great heroes in Kentucky history. Kentucky became known for its medical personnel. Transylvania University was created as an institution to further the knowledge of science among Kentucky's citizens. Horrace Holley was named the first president and Constantine Samuel Rafinesque as the first professor of natural history. Rafinesque began the study of medical botany and was one of the most innovative science teachers of his day.

Keywords: Horrace Holley; Transylvania University; science; medicine; surgery; Constantine Samuel Rafinesque

Chapter.  12827 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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