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January 11, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(2):97-100. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880020023006

It is a great honor to be asked to participate in this centennial celebration of the first public use of ether anesthesia under the auspices of this great medical school and the internationally famous Massachusetts General Hospital, an institution which, in addition to its pioneer use of ether, has to its credit the revelation of the true nature of appendicitis and acute pancreatitis by the great Fitz, as well as many other important discoveries. I accepted the invitation of Dr. Means and Dr. Churchill with great humility and with doubt that I am qualified to do proper justice to the occasion.

The simple remark of Dr. Warren at the finish of the successful demonstration, "Gentlemen, this is no humbug," has always interested me. Its simplicity and brevity suggest a deep and awe-inspiring effect on his emotions, as if he could think of no adequate words with which to express his

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