Father of Sterile Surgery

1827-1912

In the 1860s, Lister introduced the ground-breaking idea of using carbolic acid, now known as phenol, as an antiseptic to sterilize surgical instruments and to clean surgical wounds. Lister drastically reduced the mortality in his medical ward by implementing these measures, which later were adopted throughout the world.

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Joseph Lister

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