December 6, 1965

W. T. G. Morton and the Ether Dome

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Highland, Calif

JAMA. 1965;194(10):1151. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090230119043

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To the Editor:—  In the section on MEDICAL NEWS in Oct 11. 1965, issue of The Journal (194:31) appears an item reporting "Ether Dome To Be Dedicated As a National Historic Site" at Massachusetts General Hospital.This article is replete with the names of medical notability who will participate in this ceremony. But not mentioned anywhere here is the name of the man who first introduced ether as a general anesthetic in the "Ether Dome." I think that this is a lamentable omission. These eminent contemporary physicians, the visitors who attend the dedication, and the readers of The Journal could well be reminded that some of the most memorable contributions to medicine and to the welfare of humanity have come from without the exclusive domain of the profession of medicine.It was as a medical student at Harvard University School of Medicine that William Thomas Green Morton gave the

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