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Sir J. Y. Simpson and two friends, having tested chloroform on themselves, lying insensible on the floor around a table. Pen and ink drawing.

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Simpson and his friends drank liquid chloroform in this experiment, rather than inhaling the vapour. The shattered drinking-glass used by one of the experimenters lies near him. Simpson described the experience to the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Edinburgh in 1847

Probably made for Henry S. Wellcome's Historical Medical Museum, Wigmore Street

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1 drawing : pen and ink on Bristol board

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Bears number on verso: AN 28


Wellcome Library no. 545210i


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