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The Stanley B. Burns M.D. Historic Medical Photography Collection

Image of 1847 daguerreotype

Above: This 1847 daguerreotype depicts one of the earliest uses of ether during an operation, performed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The image was presented as a souvenir to one of the surgeons who participated in the landmark operation. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi)

The collection includes images of physicians and medical scientists at work, operation rooms, hospital wards, laboratories, nurses and nursing, notable physicians, surgical specialties, and war medicine. There are also thousands of photos of patients and disease states.

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