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Let's Review: ‘Ether Dome’ takes the lid off story of anesthesia at La Jolla Playhouse

Let's Review: ‘Ether Dome’ takes the lid off story of anesthesia at La Jolla Playhouse

By Diana Saenger

Let's Review!

The traumatic experience behind performing amputations, tumor removals and vasectomies without anesthesia is immediately intriguing when Playhouse patrons view the incredible set design by James Youmans, representing the real ether dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1886. Below a well-lit dome, images of these crude medical procedures are projected on the wall.

The question of who really discovered pain medicines such as ether, chloroform, nitrous oxide and others, intrigues throughout the drama, aided by “Ether Dome’s” tremendous cast.

Dr. Horace Wells (Michael...

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