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JOSEPH LISTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/11/1892 - HFSID 4376

THE YEAR BEFORE HE RETIRES FROM SURGICAL PRACTICE, THE "FATHER OF ANTISEPTICS AND MODERN SURGERY" SENDS THANKS FOR ISSUES OF THE "REVUE GENERALE" BUT CANNOT PROMISE TO CONTRIBUTE AN ARTICLE TO THE PUBLICATION JOSEPH LISTER. Autograph Letter Signed: "Joseph Lister", 1p, 4¼x6¼.

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THE YEAR BEFORE HE RETIRES FROM SURGICAL PRACTICE, THE "FATHER OF ANTISEPTICS AND MODERN SURGERY" SENDS THANKS FOR ISSUES OF THE "REVUE GENERALE" BUT CANNOT PROMISE TO CONTRIBUTE AN ARTICLE TO THE PUBLICATION

JOSEPH LISTER. Autograph Letter Signed: "Joseph Lister", 1p, 4¼x6¼. 12 Park Crescent, Portland Place, 1892 August 11. To Monsieur Louis Oliver. Begins: "My dear Sir". In full: "Your very kind letter arrived shortly before I left London for Scotland. I can only return you my best thanks for the present of the past numbers of your valuable Revue Generale. I feel that I do not deserve this favour, as I cannot promise to contribute an article to it. Believe me Yours very sincerely". British surgeon and medical researcher Joseph Lister (1827-1912), is considered to be the father of antiseptics and modern surgery. In 1865, Lister, who had made a study of inflammation and suppuration following injuries and wounds, began using carbolic acid sprays to kill airborne germs. He realized that germs were present everywhere, making it necessary for doctors and nurses to wash their hands and to disinfect instruments and dressings used in the operating room. This procedure saved nearly 50% of his patients who would have died from infection without the antiseptic conditions. In 1877, Lister demonstrated conclusively that his method of antisepsis reduced danger to life from surgery. That year, he began serving as the Chair of Clinical Surgery at Kings College, a post that he held until his retirement from surgical practice in 1893, the year after this letter was written. Lister had been created a Baronet in 1883 and Queen Victoria named him Baron Lister of Lyme Regis in 1897 as a result of his contributions to the medical profession. Three pinhead-size file holes at blank left margin. Ink erasures at upper left corner and lower right margin. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 18½x20½.

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