FIRST MEDICAL OPERATION 1847

The first photographic record of an actual live medical operation: Use of Ether for Anesthesia, 1847 The setting for this daguerreotype is the teaching amphitheater of Bostons Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. John Collins Warren, cofounder of the hospital and professor of anatomy, stands with his hands upon the patients thigh, explaining the proceedings to a student audience seated out of camera range. Dr. Solomon Davis Townsend, who performed the operation, stands behind Warren…….

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