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Surgeon Warren, excising the tumor; and there is even a glimpse of the torso of the statue of Apollo — gifted to the MGH by Senator Edward Everett in 1845 — which to this day stands in the room. The Prosperis' canvas has remained on display in the Ether Dome since its unveiling in 2001, offering visitors a rare entrée into the extraordinary moment that took place there almost 200 years ago. William Thomas Green Morton may have died with a tarnished rep- utation, berated as an "imposter" for his attempts to obtain exclusive rights to ether anesthesia and hanged in effigy in Wellesley Square for the debts he had amassed. But thanks to two magnificent oils that have captured on canvas his hour of greatest accomplishment, he will remain painted into the annals of medical history. 79 s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e DIANE SPEARE TRIANT is a writer in Wellesley Hills Ether Day 1846: Visitors to MGH today may tour the very spot where Morton's demonstration took place. In the Ether Dome — a National Historic Landmark— little has changed. Its ocular window still floods the space with sunlight. Steeply tiered rows of benches (literally forming an operating "theater") rise from five-inch-wide oak floor-boards. The names of the princi- pal participants on that momentous day are stenciled where each took his seat. And the Prosperi mural hangs on the wall just above the area where Abbott's surgery took place. WHERE: Massachusetts General Hospital, Bulfinch Building Ether Dome 55 Fruit Street, Boston Free HOURS: Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during faculty meetings and lectures. FURTHER INFORMATION / SCHEDULES: 617.724.9557 The Ether Monument: Few are aware that the first sculpture in Boston's Public Garden was a marble and granite monument memorializing Ether Day. The 1868 monument includes a fountain and sculpted figures repre- senting the relief of suffering. WHERE: Boston Public Garden Close to the intersection of Beacon and Arlington Streets

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