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William Thomas Green Morton

William Thomas Green Morton (1819-1868)

WILLIAM THOMAS GREEN MORTON (1819-1868) was a native of Charlton, Massachusetts. He is supposed to have graduated from the Baltimore College of Dentistry, but no record of a degree being granted to him has been found. He became interested in anesthesia when he practiced with Dr. Horace Wells, and conceived the idea of ether inhalation. This he demonstrated at an operation performed by Dr. John C. Warren, at Massachusetts General Hospital, October 16, 1846. The news spread swiftly, and ether anesthesia was accepted quickly.

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