British surgeon Joseph Lister is born

British surgeon Joseph Lister is born

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Lister is considered an inventor of sterile surgery. While working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, he started to use phenol for cleaning surgical tools and wounds. It was an application of early bacteriological research of Louis Pasteur. Lister's work led to a great reduction in post-operative infections.

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