Photographs from "The Advent of Anesthesia" Film

Subject

Ether
Anesthesia
Abbott, Gilbert, 1825-1855.
Morton, W. T. G. (William Thomas Green), 1819-1868.
Massachusetts General Hospital.

Description

In 1933, the Mallinckrodt Chemical Company produced a short silent file, “The Advent of Anesthesia”, depicting the experiments of W. T. G. Morton with ether anesthesia and recreating the first public demonstration of the operation on Gilbert Abbott in 1846. The film uses the Ether Dome and other facilities at Massachusetts General Hospital and the cast includes hospital staff and personnel, including John Peabody Monks as Morton, Somers Hayes Sturgis as Gilbert Abbott, and Edward D. Churchill as surgeon John Collins Warren. Edward D. Churchill preserved a file of still photographs of the actors. Shown here are Drs. Monks, holding a replica of the first inhaler, Sturgis, with a tumor on the side of his neck, and the administration of ether with the inhaler.

Creator

Mallinckrodt Chemical Company.

Source

Churchill, Edward D. (Edward Delos), 1895-1972. Papers, 1840-1973. [H MS c62]

Date Created

1933.

Is Part Of

Churchill, Edward D. (Edward Delos), 1895-1972. Papers, 1840-1973.

Format

image

Extent

3 photographic prints.

Type

still image

Identifier

H MS c62, box 14, f. 27.

Provenance

Reproduced from originals donated by Frederick P. Churchill to the Library of Harvard Medical School, 1973.

Files

Citation

Mallinckrodt Chemical Company., “Photographs from "The Advent of Anesthesia" Film,” Center for the History of Medicine: OnView, accessed September 21, 2017, http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/18092.

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