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October 12, 1928: Boston Doctors Use First Iron Lung

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First Lepers Arrive on Penikese Island: November 18, 1905
On this day in 1905, five lepers arrived on Penikese Island in Buzzard's Bay, the site of the first and only leprosarium in Massachusetts. Over the...

Boston Dentist Demonstrates Ether: October 16, 1846
On this day in 1846, a crowd gathered in the operating theater at Massachusetts General Hospital. A Boston printer with a tumor on his jaw lay on the...

Boston Doctors Use First Iron Lung: October 12, 1928
On this day in 1928, Children's Hospital in Boston was the scene of the first use of an "iron lung." Developed by a young Harvard...

Massachusetts General Hospital Admits First Patient: September 3, 1821
On this day in 1821, the Massachusetts General Hospital admitted its first patient, a 30-year-old sailor. More than a decade earlier, two Boston doctors...

Flu Epidemic Begins in Boston: August 27, 1918
On this day in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston's Commonwealth Pier reported to sickbay. The men were the first Americans stricken with a strain...

Dr. Susan Dimock Begins Medical Residency: August 20, 1872
On this day in 1872, Dr. Susan Dimock became the resident physician at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston. Only a month earlier,...

Boston Doctors Appeal for Mental Hospital: August 10, 1810
On August 20, 1810, two Boston doctors circulated an appeal for "a hospital for the reception of lunatics and other sick persons." (Some...

Dr. Joslin Makes First Entry in Diabetic Ledger: August 2, 1893
On this day in 1893, a student at Harvard Medical School made the first entry in a ledger he would keep for the rest of his long career. Elliott Joslin...

Dr. Harriot K. Hunt Visits the Shakers: July 7, 1848
On this day in 1848, Dr. Harriot K. Hunt of Boston, one of the nation's first female physicians, made a visit to the Shaker community in Harvard....

Dr. Boylston Experiments with Smallpox Inoculation: June 26, 1721
On this day in 1721, Boston doctor Zabdiel Boylston took a gamble with his young son's life and inoculated him against smallpox. Puritan minister...

Christian Scientists Dedicate Mother Church: June 10, 1906
On this day in 1906, the recently enlarged Mother Church of Christian Science was dedicated in Boston. The original building seated only 1,000 people,...

Children's Cancer Research Foundation Incorporated: June 8, 1951
On this day in 1951 the Children's Cancer Research Foundation was incorporated. Founded by pioneering Boston physician Sidney Farber, it was the...

Complaint Filed on Toxic Pollution in Woburn: May 14, 1984
On this day in 1984, lawyer Jan Schlichtmann filed the first motion in the case made famous by the book and film "A Civil Action." For...

Birth Control Pioneer Born: March 24, 1890
On this day in 1890, birth control pioneer John Rock was born in the small Massachusetts town of Marlborough. He was a deeply religious Catholic even...

Professor's Murder Trial Begins: March 19, 1850
On this day in 1850, a sensational murder trial began in Boston. Both the victim and the accused belonged to the city's social elite. The case had...

Tenley Albright Wins Olympic Gold: February 3, 1956
On this day in 1956, figure skater Tenley Albright won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Cortina, Italy. This should not have been a surprise but...

UMass Researchers Clone Calves: January 20, 1998
On this day in 1998, two researchers affiliated with the University of Massachusetts drew worldwide attention when they went public with a birth announcement....

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