Ether Dome Humanities Forum
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Dr. Warren M. Zapol, MD, director of MGH’s Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research, will speak about the history of ether in the medical profession and engage in a conversation with the audience moderated by Huntington staff member Charles Haugland following the 2pm matinee performance on Sunday, November 2. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to any performance of Ether Dome.
The Humanities Forum explores the context and significance of the play with a leading expert. Past forums have featured historians Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals) and Beverly Morgan-Welch (Museum of African-American History), playwrights Paula Vogel and Lydia R. Diamond, Boston Globe columnists, and accomplished scholars. The Humanities Forum is presented following a select Sunday matinee performance.
Dr. Zapol is currently the Director of the MGH Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he collaborates with many researchers to explore the pulmonary circulation of mammals in normal and disease states. Over the last 20 years, his laboratory has focused upon the physiological and pathophysiological roles of nitric oxide (NO). Based on his lab's pioneering studies, inhaled NO (INO) is now used to treat approximately 30,000 patients per year in the USA to vasodilate the pulmonary circulation and augment arterial oxygenation. For many hypoxic infants and for children after heart surgery, this inhaled therapy is life-saving. In December 1999, the FDA approved INO therapy to treat term newborn infants with hypoxic respiratory failure; a therapy was developed in his lab.
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