Joff and his guests visit the hallowed turf that is the Boston Ether Dome, in the Bulfinch Building, Massachusetts General Hospital. How have times moved on since those early pioneering days when the relatively young profession of Anaesthesia was born? Back then the word wasn’t as widely used and the gentlemen in question described their activities as “rendering people insensible using sulphuric ether for the conduct of surgery”.

Recorded last year this piece has Dr Joff Lacey paying tribute to the birthplace of Anaesthesia. Joined by Dr Liam Brennan, President of The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and Dr Andy Bailey, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.