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The day pain died

What really happened during the most famous moment in Boston medicine

The great moment in the Ether Dome when William Morton administered anesthesia to patient Gilbert Abbott on Oct. 16, 1846. The great moment in the Ether Dome when William Morton administered anesthesia to patient Gilbert Abbott on Oct. 16, 1846.
By Mike Jay
June 7, 2009

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The date of the first operation under anesthetic, Oct. 16, 1846, ranks among the most iconic in the history of medicine. It was the moment when Boston, and indeed the United States, first emerged as a world-class center of medical innovation. The room at the heart of Massachusetts General Hospital where the operation took place has been known ever since ... (Full article: 2139 words)

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