The definitive and unflattering biography of anaesthesia pioneer Wiliam Morton is Robert Wolfe's Tarnished idol: William Thomas Green Morton and the introduction of surgical anesthesia, a chronicle of the ether controversy. San Anselmo, CA: Norman Publishing. (2001)
Ether Inhaler (1867)
Refs and Further Reading
Anaesthesia and Anaesthetics
Preston Sturges' movie "The Great Moment"