"Ether Day 1846" by Warren and Lucia Prosperi (2001)

This oil-on-canvas painting by artists Warren and Lucia Prosperi was finished in 2001 and is displayed on the central wall of The Ether Dome in the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (55 Fruit Street)1.

The painting carefully re-enacts the first surgical operation with ether anesthesia which took place in this surgical theatre on October 16, 1846.

  • Photo by Flavio Keller (November 2009)

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