Simpson, Sir James Young (18111870)

Simpson, Sir James Young, physician, born, the son of a baker, at Bathgate, Linlithgowshire; graduated M.D. at Edinburgh in 1832; was assistant to the professor of Pathology and one of the Presidents of the Royal Medical Society before his election to the chair of Midwifery in 1840; as an obstetrician his improvements and writings won him wide repute, which became European on his discovery of chloroform in 1847; was one of the Queen's physicians, and was created a baronet in 1866; published “Obstetric Memoirs,” “Archæological Essays,” &c. (18111870).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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