Ether Dome

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On October 16, 1846, William T.G. Morton made history at Massachusetts General Hospital's Ether Dome by conducting the first public surgery using anesthesia (ether). Between 1821 and 1868, over 8,000 surgeries took place in this amphitheater. Today, the Ether Dome stands as a historic landmark and teaching amphitheater. Visitors can explore its unique architecture and view artifacts such as an oil painting depicting the inaugural surgery, an Egyptian mummy, and early surgical tools. This site remains a testament to the revolutionary advancement of anesthesia in the field of medicine.