Tag Archives: William Morton

Ghosts from the Ether Dome

Isabel Legarda Belmont, Massachusetts   The ether dome today. Author photo. On October 16, 1846, dentist William Morton successfully demonstrated the use of ether as an anesthetic inside Massachusetts General Hospital’s Bulfinch Pavilion. That day, now passed down to us as “Ether Day,” is often seen as a turning point for surgery both in the United […]

What November may bring: the first 37 days of surgical anesthesia

A.J. Wright Birmingham, Alabama, USA     William Thomas Green Morton (August 9, 1819 – July 15, 1868) In medical history October 16 is known as “Ether Day” to commemorate dentist William Morton’s 1846 demonstration of ether inhalation for a surgical patient of Dr. John Collins Warren. The event is often described as the first […]