This collection consists of an oversize scrapbook of autographs, biographical sketches, portraits with captions – all related to Dr. Simpson. The provenance of the eight items is unknown. The materials date from 1862-1874.
James Y. Simpson was a Scottish obstetrician and a significant figure in the history of medicine. Simpson was first to demonstrate the anesthetic properties of chloroform on humans and helped to popularize the drug for use in medicine, particularly obstetrics.