James Simpson


 Biographical Sketch of James Simpson

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Sir James Young Simpson, 1st Baronet (7 June 1811 – 6 May 1870) was a Scottish obstetrician and a significant figure in the history of medicine. Simpson discovered the anesthetic properties of chloroform and successfully popularized the drug for use in medicine.

Born in Scotland, 1811-1870
Introduced the practice of anesthesia in medicine.

Simpson’s Declarations

His greatest discovery according to his own testimony, was “That I have a Saviour!”

“But again I looked and saw Jesus, my substitute, scourged in my stead and dying on the cross for me. I looked and cried and was forgiven. And it seems to be my duty to tell you of that Saviour, to see if you will not also look and live. ‘He was wounded for our transgressions … and with His stripes we are healed’ (Isaiah 53:5,6)” excerpt from one of his evangelical Gospel tracts

James Simpson

A plaque dedicated to him on his statue at Westminster Abbey reads:

To whose genius and benevolence

The world owes the blessings derived

From the use of chloroform for

The relief of suffering

Laus Deo





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