A Real Knockout

It’s a day that every woman should celebrate: on 4 November, 1847 a distinguished Scottish physician named James Young Simpson discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform. Before long, Simpson—chair of Obstetrics and Midwifery at the University of Edinburgh and personal physician to Queen Victoria—would begin using his discovery to ease the pain of childbirth. Simpson was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, the youngest of seven … Continue reading A Real Knockout