Joseph Lister looking over to Glasgow University

ElsT

East Kilbride, United Kingdom

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Lister moved to Glasgow in 1860 and became a Professor of Surgery. He read Pasteur’s work on micro-organisms and decided to experiment with using one of Pasteur’s proposed techniques, that of exposing the wound to chemicals. He chose dressings soaked with carbolic acid (phenol) to cover the wound and the rate of infection was vastly reduced. Lister then experimented with hand-washing, sterilising instruments and spraying carbolic in the theatre while operating, in order to limit infection. His lowered infection rate was very good and Listerian principles were adopted throughout many countries by a number of surgeons. Lister is now known as the ‘father of antiseptic surgery’.

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