Antisepsis and Asepsis and how They Shaped Modern Surgery

  title={Antisepsis and Asepsis and how They Shaped Modern Surgery},
  author={Don K. Nakayama},
  journal={The American Surgeon},
  pages={766 - 771}
  • D. Nakayama
  • Published 1 June 2018
  • Medicine
  • The American Surgeon
Surgical antisepsis and asepsis established the standard of using scientific evidence to determine surgical practice. The microbiological discoveries of Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) were the inspiration for Joseph Lister's (1827–1912) use of carbolic acid as an antiseptic on surgical wounds. German and Swiss surgeons invented aseptic surgical practice based on the studies of Robert Koch (1843–1910), a life-saving revolution in medicine as profound as anesthesia. Together they changed human history… 

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