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James Young Simpson portrait cdv photograph obstetrician

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Sir James Young Simpson


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Original antique medical print


Sir James Young Simpson, 1st Baronet (1811 - 1870) was a Scottish obstetrician and an important figure in the history of medicine. Simpson discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform and successfully introduced it for general medical use. At the age of 28 he was appointed to the Chair of Medicine and Midwifery at the University of Edinburgh. He improved the design of obstetric forceps that to this day are known in obstetric circles as "Simpson's Forceps" and, like Semmelweis, fought against the contagion of puerperal sepsis. His most noted contribution was the introduction of anaesthesia to childbirth. A few small marks.

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artist John Moffat (Edinburgh)
method Albumen photograph
date C1865
size 104mm by 65mm
SKU MD5772