In the age before Anesthesia, what would you do with a pregnancy that would not end? Would you accept a doctor's diagnosis of death or would you press to find any possible treatment? Follow the story of Jane Todd Crawford, who traveled 60 miles by horseback to end a two-year "pregnancy"... and rode herself into the history books.
Mrs. Arthur Thomas McCormack, "The Dr. Ephraim McDowell Memorial in Richmond Kentucky", Filson Club History Quarterly, 4:4, (October 1930).
Mary Young Ridenbaugh, The biography of Ephraim McDowell, M.D., "the father of ovariotomy", C.L. Webster, (1890).
John Studd, "Ovariotomy for Menstrual Madness and Premenstrual Syndrome -- 18th century history and Lessons for Current Practice", Gynecol Endocrinol, 8 (2006): pp. 411-415
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)
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