Simpson

    Simpson

    The Turbulent Life of a Medical Pioneer

    Morrice McCrae

    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.

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