James Simpson

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  • Created on: 29-05-18 10:39


What did they do?

  • Simpson was a Scottish doctor (1811 - 1870).
  • Simpson found Chloroform, an anaesthetic in 1847.
  • Simpson and some colleages experimented some different chemicals. The poured chloroform into tumblers and inhaled the fluid they passed out within minutes.

What factors helped them?

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  • Individuals - He found the anaesthetic which became a standard part of surgery.
  • Government - Queen Victoria helped make chloroform more accepted.
  • Communication - He wrote articles about the discovery and surgeons used it.
  • After 10 years of struggling to find acceptable, a breakthrough came from Queen Victoria when she used it during the birth of her eighth child.


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