Neil MacGillivray

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This article reviews the life and work of Sir William O'Shaughnessy Brooke (formerly Sir William Brooke O'Shaughnessy), an Edinburgh doctor of medicine and Fellow of the Royal Society who as a young doctor in London analysed the blood and excreta of cholera victims, an action which led to the first successful use of intravenous replacement therapy. His(More)
This paper analyses two key aspects of the life and work of Sir James Young Simpson: his evangelical Christianity and his reaction to criticism following his use of anaesthesia in obstetrics. Simpson's personal religious struggle is placed in the context of the devastating events surrounding the Disruption of the established Church of Scotland in 1843.(More)
The paper assesses the contribution of Dr Thomas Latta of Leith to the treatment of cholera in Leith and Edinburgh during the cholera epidemic of 1832. The historiography of cholera treatment in the nineteenth century is discussed and contemporary analyses of the use of intravenous saline infusion are reviewed. In conclusion, the reasons why Latta's(More)
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