The History of Leith

August 17, 2012

A most illustrious citizen of Edinburgh

In No. 52 Queen St lived and died one of the most illustrious
citizens of Edinburgh—Professor Sir James
Young Simpson, Bart., who came to Edinburgh a
poor and nearly friendless student, yet in time
attained, as Professor of Midwifery in the University
and as the discoverer of extended uses of chloroform,
a colossal fame, not only in Europe, but
wherever the English language is spoken. He
obtained the chair of midwifery in 1840, and seven
years after made his great discovery. In 1849 he
was elected President of the Edinburgh College
of Physicians; in 1852 President of the Medico-
Chirurgical Society; and in the following year,
under circumstances of the greatest eclat, Foreign
Associate of the French Academy of Medicine.
In 1856 the French Academy of Sciences awarded
him the ” Monthyon Prize” of 2,000 francs for the
benefits he conferred on humanity by the introduction
of anaesthesia by chloroform into the practice
of surgery and midwifery.

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