A History of Innovation

Massachusetts General Hospital has been the site of numerous medical milestones, including:

  • Performing the first successful public surgery using ether as an anesthetic (1846)
  • Identifying appendicitis (1886)
  • Establishing the first medical social service (1905)
  • Performing the first reattachment of a severed limb (1962)
  • Developing the first laser treatment to remove tattoos (1988)

Today, our clinicians and researchers continue to work tirelessly to advance medicine and patient care.

Visit the Russell Museum

2 North Grove Street
Boston, MA 02114
Hours: Monday – Friday,                                       9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: Free

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

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Built and sustained through philanthropy, the museum provides visitors, patients and families the opportunity to explore more than 200 years of medical history. Donate to the museum