History of Mass General

Learn about the history of individual departments at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Anesthesia and The Ether Dome
Anesthesia & The Ether Dome

In October 16, 1846, in an operating theater at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. William T.G. Morton performed a startling public demonstration.

Bone Density Center
Bone Density Center

The history of the Bone Density Center at Mass General encompasses major technological innovations that have improved the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and other generalized bone diseases.

MGH Chaplaincy
Chaplaincy

In the 1930's Mass General played a key leadership role in the development of hospital-based pastoral care. In 1934 the nationally first Clinical Pastoral Education Program in a general hospital setting was offered here.

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

The Children’s Medical Service at Mass General was founded in 1910. Today MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a full-service pediatric hospital.

Neurosurgery Department
Neurosurgery Department

The early history of Mass General is reviewed with emphasis on the development of neurological surgery.

Nursing Department

The Mass General Nursing photo essay is designed to capture, preserve and reflect on the evolution of nursing at the hospital from 1821 through the 1960s.

Pathology Department
Pathology Department

The rich history of pathology at Mass General goes back to soon after the founding of the hospital in 1811, when limited autopsies were done by physicians and surgeons.

Social Service
Social Service

In the early 1900's, the social work movement in America created many programs and services that we largely take for granted today.

Treadwell Library
Treadwell Library

In 1858, Dr. John Treadwell bequeathed 2,500 volumes to the library that would soon bear his name.

Urology Department
Urology Department

Since 1911, Mass General's Urology Department has enjoyed a pre-eminent reputation throughout the world for excellence in the treatment of urologic disease. The service is comprised of a patient care division, a teaching and education division and a research laboratory division.