Diorama "The Discovery of Anaesthetics" showing John Collins Warren performing "first" operation using anaesthesia, 16 October 1846, made by Wellcome Institute Workshop, London, 1945-1960
Diorama 'The Discovery of Anaesthetics' showing John Collins Warren performing the first surgical operation carried out with a general anaesthetic, on 16 October 1846 in the Massachusetts Hospital in Boston. Made by the Wellcome Institute Workshop, London, England 1945-1960. Dr Thomas Morton 1819-1868, a pioneer in the field of anaesthesiology, administered the anaesthetic (sulphuric ether) and can be seen at the far end of the table holding a flask near the patient's face. Warren, 1778-1856, successfully removed a tumour from the neck of the patient, Gilbert Abbot. The diorama is based on an original daguerreotype of the scene and a contemporary painting.
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