Medicine: Ether Centennial

"Yesterday morning, Dr. Morton, Dentist, No. 19 Tremont Row . . . visited the... hospital, and administered his preparation to produce sleep, to a person about to undergo the operation of the extraction of a tumor from the neck. . . . The patient did not manifest the slightest symptoms of suffering. ... He appeared to be totally insensible to what was going on."

On Oct. 17, 1846, the chatty Boston Evening Journal offered its readers this one-paragraph scoop on the first full-dress demonstration of anesthesia. The show had been shrewdly staged by publicity-wise,...

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