For years, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston's storied hospital that is Harvard's main teaching hospital, has featured 'the Ether Dome,' the site of what many believed was the first surgery using ether.
Today, MGH maintains the 'Ether Dome' as a museum, saying that it was the site of the 'first public demonstration' of anesthetic ether.
The Russell Museum will also introduce the visitor to a "distributed museum" at MGH--the many other areas on the hospital campus that focus on current research or highlight hospital history, such as the original operating theater known as the Ether Dome in the Bulfinch Building.
ITS SETTING MAY BE 19TH-CENTURY NEW England, but Elizabeth Egloff's new play Ether Dome is as fresh as last second's Twitter feed.
And this fundamental debate--should people have to pay for taking away pain?--is one we're still having today about health insurance," says Mark Bly, senior dramaturg and director of new-play development at Houston's Alley Theatre, where Ether Dome premieres Sept.
It includes the USS Constitution and World War II battleships, the Tremont Street subway tunnel, the Boston Public Garden and Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Ether Dome at Massachusetts General Hospital, Revere Beach reservation and harbor lighthouses.