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SIMPSON, Sir James Young (1811-1870)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S54
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: SIMPSON, Sir James Young (1811-1870)
Date(s): nd [mid 19th century]
Level of description: Series of Special collections of private papers
Extent: 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Simpson | Sir | James Young | 1811-1870 | 1st Baronet | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

James Young Simpson graduated from Edinburgh University in 1832. He was made President of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh in 1835 and became Professor of Midwifery there in 1839. He was especially famous for his advocacy and use of chloroform in obstetric practice, but was also renowned for his work in gynaecology and obsterics, particularly in the use of forceps and for various methods of ovariotomy.


Scope and content/abstract:

The item comprises a wooden block on which is mounted Sir James Young Simpson's signature, apparently torn from a document. Only the first part of the date, "31st Dec", survives.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One item only.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Out of copyright.

Finding aids:

A general index to the files listed in the catalogue of the Archives if the RCOG is maintained in the College Archives; refer to the Archivist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to the Archives by the College Librarian in 2001.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCOG Archives holds letters and papers of Sir Alexander Russell Simpson, Sir James's nephew (Ref: S51); correspondence and papers relating to the J Y Simpson Oration, presented at the College annually in Simpson's memory (Ref: A4/21/176, E10/12, E10/17/3, F5/6/10, R6/3), and a copy of a programme entitled "The James Young Simpson Legacy", produced by the Chloroform sesquicentenary Committee in 1997 (Ref: R6/15); notes from lectures by J Y Simpson (Ref: S75).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: Dictionary of National Biography.

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
March 2002

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