• Anesthesia & The Ether Dome

    Anesthesia and 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.

  • Chaplaincy

    MGH 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.