He took seriously ‘Physician, heal thyself’

“Dr. Sadao Ohmura [who removed his own appendix] certainly did not prove that Japanese are more dexterous than Westerners.

“While in private practice in North Carolina several years ago, my father, Captain J. S. Brown Jr., U.S.N., also removed his own appendix. That, however, was only the preliminary. While aboard the U.S.S. Melville in England during the war, he performed an emergency double herniotomy — on himself, of course.”

— Letter to the editor of Time magazine by Jane Brown Attaway, Walterboro, S.C. (June 24, 1957)