Ether For Anesthesia

The birth of surgical anesthesia took place on Oct 16, 1846 at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s surgical theater, now known as the Ether Dome. In 1946, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of this seminal event, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works produced a “how it’s made” film reel depicting the production and delivery of the then still used anesthetic for the public.

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