Groves, Abraham

Abraham Groves, physician (b at Peterborough, Canada W 8 Sept 1847; d at Fergus, Ont 12 May 1935). After graduating from the Toronto School of Medicine in 1871, Groves practised in Fergus for 60 years. He performed the first successful appendectomy in N America (10 May 1883) and was as skillful in a farm kitchen as in a hospital operating room - sterilizing his instruments before it became standard practice. In 1902 he established the Fergus Royal Alexandra Hospital, later renamed the Groves Memorial Hospital, and in 1934 his book All in the Day's Work: Leaves from a Doctor's Case-Book was published.