W William Thomas Morton: The Dentist Who Uses Ether as Anesthetic William Thomas Morton, an American dentist, first publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1846. Morton had his dog, Nig, inhale ether and even tested the effect of ether on himself until he found the safe dose. On September 30, 1846, Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
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