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Harvard Magazine (November - December, 2012): Boston Hospitals: Curing Disease, Improving Lives
Boston is a mecca of medicine, home to some of the most prestigious hospitals and medical schools, physicians and medical scientists in the world. Since the momentous day in 1846 when William Morton, a local dentist, for the first time publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic in Masachusetts General Hospital's now-famous Ether Dome, the city has seen many medical firsts, including the first fertilization of an ovum in a test tube and the first successful human-organ transplant. Today, it ranks as a preeminent center for healthcare and research. They city and its environs are home to top colleges and universities, and eastern Massachusetts, inside the Route 495 corridor, houses many leading biotechnology companies, providing both the brainpower and the cutting-edge research and product development necessary for quality care.
Boston proper is also home to more the 20 hospitals - from giants like mass General, Boston Children's Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) to specialty institutions such as Arbour Hospital for psychiatric care and Jewish Memorial Hospital for long-term care.