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The Medical School's janitor, Ephraim Littlefield, who had a suspicion where Parkman might be found, spent two grueling nights tunneling beneath a basement laboratory looking for clues. What he discovered horrified Boston and led to one of the most sensational trials in American history.
Log on at http://www.pbs.org/amex/murder/
Web site highlights:
• Behind the scenes: Tour the scene of the crime with the film crew, explore the set with a 360 degree panoramic view, and select hotspots to access images and comments from the cast crew.
• Gallery: Examine nineteenth century medical instruments and teaching tools from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and imagine a time when ether anesthesia was a cutting edge technique.
• Primary sources: Study testimony from the trial, newspaper accounts of the gruesome evidence, the defendant's confessions, and more.
• History and fiction: Access an interview with historian and presenter Simon Schama and find out how he was drawn to the Parkman murder.
• Timeline: Examine a brief history of western medical history and revisit major medical milestones such as the invention of the stethoscope and the first anesthetized operation.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ONLINE
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Online serves an average of 4.6 million pages of history content to visitors every month. American Experience sites have been critically acclaimed by Yahoo!, Netscape, Yahooligans!, USA Today, TipWorld, The Scout Report, UK Plus Site of the Day, SurÞng the Net with Kids, and Learning in Motion’s Top Ten List.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ONLINE is produced by WGBH Interactive, Boston, which produces Web sites supporting WGBH national series such as NOVA, Antiques Roadshow and ARTHUR. The WGBH Educational Foundation is the single largest producer of primetime television programs and Web sites seen nationally on PBS and PBS.org.
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