Antiseptic surgery


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that system of surgical practice which insists upon a systematic use of antiseptics in the performance of operations and the dressing of wounds.

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20 A pioneer of antiseptic surgery, Joseph Lister (1827-1912) did much to reduce deaths from infection.
Begun as an exercise in historical commuting, the work gradually expanded into "an international study of the spread of Listerian surgery and medical networks," many of these budding practitioners having attended the lectures and assisted the operations of Joseph Lister, the father of antiseptic surgery and an instructor at Glasgow (1861-69) and Edinburgh (1869-77).
It was largely due to Dr MacGregor's efforts - assisted, as he freely admitted, by Joseph Lister's advances in antiseptic surgery - that surgical operations went up to 1,500 a year and deaths from sepsis dropped to almost nil.