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Detail of D-type fanlight at 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

SC 466038

Description Detail of D-type fanlight at 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

Catalogue Number SC 466038

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of ED 5010/17

Scope and Content Detail of fanlight, No 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh No 52 Queen Street was the home of Sir James Young Simpson, Professor of Midwifery at Edinburgh University from 1845 until his death in 1870. It was here, in the dining room, in 1847, that he discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform. This early type of fanlight above the door has a pointed head to each subdivision. James Young Simpson first sampled the effects of chloroform with two doctor colleagues. Before sitting down to supper, they inhaled the fluid and 'were all under the mahogany in a trice'. His work helped to eliminate pain from operations and childbirth. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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