Sir James Y. Simpson

  title={Sir James Y. Simpson},
  author={Phoebe Peck},
  journal={The American Journal of Dental Science},
  pages={141 - 144}
  • P. Peck
  • Published 1 July 1870
  • History
  • The American Journal of Dental Science
TO many, Simpson's name is associated with the discovery of chloroform in obstetrics and perhaps with the long forceps. His achievements in other fields, particularly archaeology, are not so well known. Sir James Young Simpson (Fig. 1) was born June 7, 1811, in Bathgate, Linlithgowshire, the seventh son of the village baker. He received his medical degree in 1832 from the University of Edinburgh. Seven years later, when twenty-eight, he was elected by the Town Council to be professor of…