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This is the first biography of Pringle, who in the mid 1700s was the most distinguished physician in London. As an army physician, Pringle was responsible for major reforms in military hospitals, reducing significantly the number of deaths from disease.
In 1847, challenging the firmly held convictions of the medical profession of the time, James Young Simpson demonstrated for the first time that a woman could be safely relieved of the pains of difficult labour by the administration of a general anaesthetic. This book tells the story of one of the great events in the history of medicine.
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