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.

Paul S. Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation

2 North Grove Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-8009
Email: mghhistory@partners.org
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes