James Young Simpson

1811 - 1870

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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. He was the first physician to demonstrate the anaesthetic properties of chloroform on humans and helped to popularise its use in medicine.Simpson's intellectual interests ranged from archaeology to an almost taboo subject at the time: hermaphroditism. He was an early advocate of the use of midwives in the hospital environment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Young Simpson has received more than 319,239 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. James Young Simpson is the 401st most popular physician (down from 373rd in 2019), the 2,436th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,375th in 2019) and the 35th most popular British Physician.

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Among physicians, James Young Simpson ranks 401 out of 509Before him are Paul Gorguloff, Harry Seeley, Ruth Pfau, William Hunter, Vivien Thomas, and Prospero Alpini. After him are Johann Peter Frank, Luigi Carlo Farini, Kazimierz Bein, William Turner, Ron Wyatt, and Thomas Horsfield.

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Among people born in 1811, James Young Simpson ranks 45Before him are Raden Saleh, Sakuma Shōzan, William Robert Grove, Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler, Princess Friederike of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, and Johann Dzierzon. After him are Mohammad Afzal Khan, Horace Greeley, Johann Georg von Hahn, Carl Johan Thyselius, James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, and James Hall. Among people deceased in 1870, James Young Simpson ranks 39Before him are Prince Frederick of Württemberg, Victor de Broglie, Alexei Lvov, Majid bin Said of Zanzibar, Imre Frivaldszky, and Moshoeshoe I. After him are Michael William Balfe, Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Friedrich Boie, Johann Heinrich Blasius, Carl August von Steinheil, and Carlos Soublette.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Young Simpson ranks 2,436 out of 6,924Before him are Henry de Bracton (1210), Jim Carter (1948), Prunella Scales (1932), William Gregor (1761), Stephen Hendry (1969), and Thomas Andrews (1813). After him are Geraldine James (1950), Stephen Wolfram (1959), Dennis Viollet (1933), Ken Livingstone (1945), Noel Redding (1945), and George Buchanan (1506).

Among PHYSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among physicians born in United Kingdom, James Young Simpson ranks 35Before him are John Latham (1740), Sir William Bowman, 1st Baronet (1816), William Bayliss (1860), Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836), Harry Seeley (1839), and William Hunter (1718). After him are William Turner (1510), James Paget (1814), Richard Leach Maddox (1816), Rutherford Alcock (1809), Thomas Francis Wade (1818), and Frederick Twort (1877).