James Young Simpson

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Birthday
7, 1811
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Dec 6, 1870 (59)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
7, 1811
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Dec 6, 1870 (59)

About

Best remembered for introducing the use of chloroform as anesthesia during medical procedures, this nineteenth-century obstetrician first administered chloroform to a maternity ward patient named Jane Carstairs.

Before Fame

He began studying medicine at the age of fourteen and earned his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh at the age of twenty.

Trivia

He was a longtime friend of Scottish physicist David Brewster.

Family Life

He and his six siblings were born to David Simpson and Mary Jarvey.

Associated With

He and chemist Humphry Davy were among the first to experiment with the medical use of anesthetics (chloroform and nitrous oxide, respectively).