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physicians to recreate the roles of the original participants, each cast for his resemblance to his 19th century counterpart. They recruited a team from Emerson College's Performing Arts Department to achieve authenticity in costuming and make-up. And they snapped more than 200 photographs of the re-enacted demonstration to guide them as they went to work painting on site for one year inside the Ether Dome. From this meticulous preparation emerged an 8 x 6- foot, historically accurate gem titled Ether Day 1846. In their mural, the Prosperis have clustered together individual portraits of the surgeons and physicians present at Morton's demon- stration, fusing them into what they call "the structure of an actual moment." Unlike First Operation Under Ether, where the viewer appears to be at a distance observing the pro- ceedings, Ether Day 1846 draws the viewer in — as if by magnetic force — as an actual par- ticipant. There is Abbott, the patient, just beside you, his incision oozing blood; there is Morton, carefully directing the ether inhaler towards the patient's face; there is Chief Dr. William T. G. Morton 78 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 First Operation Under Ether: Visitors may view Hinckley's painting where it hangs in the atrium of Harvard Medical School's Countway Library upon presenting identification at the circulation desk. Also of interest, displayed directly across from the ether painting, is another monumental work: Joel Babb's The First Successful Kidney Transplantation, depicting the historic 1954 surgery by Wellesley's other medical pioneer, the late Dr. Joseph E. Murray. WHERE: Harvard Medical School Boston Medical Library at Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine 10 Shattuck Street, Boston Free HOURS AND FURTHER INFORMATION: 617.432.4888 Viewing the Art

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