The organizations that make up Mass General Brigham today have made groundbreaking contributions to the medical field over the past two centuries. Individuals and families around the world have been impacted by these research breakthroughs, starting from the first use of ether as an anesthetic in 1846.
A few more key milestones include:
1896: First X-ray exposure at a U.S. hospital
1923: World’s first successful heart valve surgery
1954: First successful human organ transplant, the kidney
1979: First use of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to diagnose illness and injury
1996: Key brain findings in Alzheimer’s disease lead to the first FDA-approved treatments