The Turbulent Life of a Medical Pioneer
John Donald 2010
Hardback 301pp Illustrated
9781906566173   Product Code: 11509
In 1847 James Young Simpson challenged medical orthodoxy by demonstrating that a woman could be safely anaesthetized during a difficult childbirth. His subsequent discovery of chloroform revolutionized surgical practice, making it the standard general anaesthetic of the time. Against the vivid backdrop of the Edinburgh of Burke and Hare, this absorbing biography recounts the dramatic story of the young Scottish physician who took on the medical establishment, enduring calumny and threats to become personal physician to Queen Victoria.