Sir James Young Simpson and Chloroform (1811-1870)

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The Minerva Group, Inc., Nov 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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James Young Simpson (1811-1870) attended the University of Edinburgh from the age of only 14, graduating in 1832. He was appointed to a Chair of Midwifery at the same institution in 1840, quickly establishing the position of this subject as a popular and essential part of medical education. He was a pioneer in the use of anaesthetics, particularly chloroform, developing its use in surgery and midwifery. He introduced ether (which had been developed as an anaesthetic in the USA) to United Kingdom obstetric practice on January 19, 1847, but in a search for something better, Simpson tried different anaesthetic agents with his colleagues by inhaling their vapors around the dinner table at his home. He subsequently introduced chloroform on November 8 1847. He championed the use of chloroform against medical, moral and religious opposition. It was not until Queen Victoria used this anaesthetic during the birth of her eighth child, Prince Leopold, in1853 that its use became generally accepted. In 1866 Simpson became the first person to be knighted for services to medicine.
  

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Contents

BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD 181I1825
1
STUDENT DAYS 18251830
17
FURTHER STUDIES 183O1835
36
EARLY PRACTICE AND PROFESSORSHIP
52
PROFESSOR AND PHYSICIAN 184O1847
66
THE DISCOVERY OF ANESTHETICS 1844
89
THE FIGHT FOR ANESTHESIA 1847
111
HOME LIFE CONTROVERSIES
133
CHAP
180
FURTHER REFORMS HONOURS
186
FAILING HEALTHDEATH
202
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