James Young Simpson is one of the most well-known medical names in Edinburgh’s history. Perhaps his most significant achievement was his contribution to obstetrics through his discovery of chloroform as an anaesthetic to be administered to women during labour.

This video tour is part of our web resource, 'Edinburgh Medical Walkabouts' which provides a virtual tour of Edinburgh's medical history - with stories, images and more videos. Visit our Walking Tour webpages to find out more.