First use of ether in dental surgery, Bosto
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First use of ether in dental surgery, Boston, USA, 1846. Painting showing Boston dentist Doctor William Thomas Green Morton (1819-1868) conducting the first succesful public demonstration of the anaesthetic qualities of ether, held at Masachusetts General Hospital. Charles Jackson, a chemistry profesor at Harvard University, agreed to have a tooth removed, and is here shown being knocked out by the gas. Not only did ether lesen the pain of surgery for the patient it also facilitated more complex forms of surgery.