“On October 16, 1846, at Massachusetts General Hospital, [William T.G. Morton] successfully administered ether to a surgical patient in a public demonstration. As acclaim was heaped upon Morton, [Horace] Wells unsurprisingly cried foul—but so did [Charles T.] Jackson. A bitter dispute rose all the way to Congress…”
Sarah Alger, director of the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been named vice president of the Medical Museums Association. The association promotes collaboration among individuals, institutions, and organizations involved in collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts relating to the history of medicine and the health sciences.
The Russell Museum, by the way, is a great place to explore some of the medical history and research innovations that have paved the way for the Mass General Research Institute.
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