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Ether Day!

Mass General's annual Ether Day celebration honors hospital employees for their years of service. Employees who have worked for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 years are recognized at the Ether Day ceremony held in the Bulfinch Tent.

On Oct. 16, 1846, Boston dentist William T.G. Morton revolutionized the practice of medicine when he held the first successful public demonstration of ether as a surgical anesthetic. Morton successfully anesthetized patient Gilbert Abbott before a tumor was removed from Abbott's jaw by MGH co-founder and surgeon John Collins Warren, MD. Mass General remembers this medical milestone with its annual Ether Day celebration.*
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