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Boston, Massachusetts

Obscura Day 2015: Inside the Ether Dome

Join us on Obscura Day for a private tour of the Ether Dome and the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

Tour the Massachusetts General Hospital and the 19th-century operating theatre in which the very first use of ether was demonstrated!

Between 1821 and 1868, more than 8,000 operations were performed in the Ether Dome. Dr. William T.G. Morton, a Boston dentist, made medical history in this location in 1846, when he administered ether anesthetic to a patient just before Dr. John Collins Warren operated on a tumor in the patient's neck. The patient slept comfortably during the operation and upon awakening announced that he had felt no pain. News of this first demonstration of surgical anesthesia spread rapidly, transforming medical practice throughout the world.

Today the Ether Dome is a teaching amphitheater and historical landmark. Join us to explore the unique architecture and a collection of artifacts, including an oil painting of the first successful public demonstration of the use of ether as an anesthetic in surgery, an Egyptian mummy named Padihershef and early surgical tools. Our tour will also include the Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation, where attendees can explore interactive media displays, artifacts and photographs relating to Mass General’s history and future. The Russell Museum is dedicated to drawing connections between innovations spanning a period of more than 200 years – from the hospital’s charter in 1811 to present day.

Following our tour, attendees are welcome to further explore the Russell Museum at their leisure.

Saturday, May 30; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cost: Free, but limited capacity - RSVP REQUIRED.
We will be meeting at noon at the Russell Museum, then proceed on to the hospital and Ether Dome before returning to the museum.
2 N Grove St, Boston, MA 02114