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    James Simpson Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages of a bifolium, 4.5" x 7.25"; January 20, 1865. A letter to William White Cooper regarding the medical care of one of his students. "I am glad to hear that a most esteemed pupil of mine Dr. Edward Henderson has placed himself under your kind & able care. You will gratify greatly a large circle of medical & other friends here by making his eye right." Signed, "J Y Simpson."

    Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870) was a Scottish obstetrician who was the first to use ether as an anesthetic during childbirth. He was also the first to use chloroform as an anesthetic.

    Condition: Flattened folds, with some ink transfer at bottom of the first page. Mounting remnants on the verso, with a small hole on blank integral. Pencil annotation on back, with stray foxing.

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