MassMoments: Ether Day October 16, 1846

For anyone  facing surgery, the possibility of pain looms large. Imagine back to a time when options for “anesthesia” were limited to alcohol or the danger of opium. When a Boston dentist demonstrated the “power of ether” back in 1846 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Jospeh Warren – a well-respected surgeon…

Read More »

Butterfly Bush

While walking through the grounds of the Whistler House Museum of Art yesterday on our way to the “Bernie & Bill” exhibit, the person I was with exclaimed “what a beautiful butterfly bush!” I’d probably heard of such a shrub before but the name never made much of an impression…

Read More »

April 29, 1962 ~ President and Mrs. Kennedy Host Nobel Laureates at the White House

On April 29, 1962 President John F. Kennedy held a banquet honoring Nobel Laureates at the White House. Forty-nine Nobel Laureates, or their representatives attended. The guests included Pearl Buck, Rudolf Mossbauer, Mrs. Ernest Hemingway, Mrs. George Marshall and Dr. Linus Pauling.* It was on this occasion that Kennedy made his…

Read More »