Ether Dome Painting

Presented by the Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Mass General Hospital.

In this mini-museum, explore how surgical anesthesia revolutionized health care when it was introduced in 1846. Discover what happens in the brain in the space between consciousness and anesthesia, and how new anesthesiology research is changing our understanding of brain science.

Experience what it’s like in Mass General’s historic Ether Dome, where surgical anesthesia was first successfully and publicly demonstrated.

The exhibit will feature a video highlighting common questions about anesthesia; an interactive exploration of a musical metaphor for how the brain works under anesthesia; and 19th-century surgical tools.

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