Farmer to industrialist: Lister's antisepsis and the making of modern surgery in Germany

  title={Farmer to industrialist: Lister's antisepsis and the making of modern surgery in Germany},
  author={Thomas Schlich},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society},
  pages={245 - 260}
  • T. Schlich
  • Published 20 September 2013
  • Medicine
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society
This paper analyses what is possibly the most important long-term impact of Joseph Lister's method of antisepsis on surgery, namely its role in replacing surgery's traditional regime of the management of chance by what can be called a regime of modern risk management. It was a crucial step for the expansion of surgery and thus the formation of modern surgery, as we know it today. It put surgery on a par with contemporary trends in industry, transport technologies and science, and made it a… 
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  • M. Worboys
  • History
    Notes and Records of the Royal Society
  • 2013
This article highlights a neglected feature of Joseph Lister's work, namely how, in addition to promoting germ theories and the principles of the antiseptic system, he also devoted much time and
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  • T. Schlich
  • History
    Bulletin of the history of medicine
  • 2020
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  • M. Crowther
  • History
    Notes and Records of the Royal Society
  • 2013
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  • M. Carpenter
  • Medicine
    Notes and Records of the Royal Society
  • 2013
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The introduction of Lister's treatment in Germany.
‘ Joseph Lister ’ s antiseptische Behandlung der Abscesse ’
  • Notes Rec . R . Soc .
Visitors also reported about the importance of industrial accidents in Halle : Dr . Haab , ‘ Über die Lister ’ sche Wundbehandlung in Halle und Edinburgh ’ , CorrBl
  • R . U . Krönlein und seine Statistik ’ , Supplement to Sammlung klinischer Vorträge no . 96
  • 1875