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16/03/1867 Antiseptic surgery


Joseph Lister: Surgery Transformed


Joseph Lister Biography


12th August 1865: Joseph Lister carries out world's first antiseptic surgery

British surgeon Joseph Lister published a paper on antiseptic surgery in the medical journal The Lancet. He applied Louis Pasteur's idea that the micro-organisms causing gangrene might be controlled with chemical solutions. Lister suggested spraying instruments with a solution of carbolic acid. His procedure reduced the incidence of gangrene.
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