Joseph Lister's first operation

@article{Richardson2013JosephLF,
  title={Joseph Lister's first operation},
  author={Ruth Richardson and Bryan Rhodes},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society},
  year={2013},
  volume={67},
  pages={375 - 385}
}
Joseph Lister was still a medical student in 1851 when he served as house surgeon at University College Hospital, London, under John Erichsen. Here we report the first major operation that Lister accomplished, hitherto apparently missed by biographers. We chart his exemplary dealings with an emergency case of eviscerating stab wound in a woman brought to casualty at night, when he had been in post for less than a month. The case demonstrates Lister's fundamental competence at an early stage in… 
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Joseph Lister: his contributions to early experimental physiology
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  • Biology, Medicine
    Notes and Records of the Royal Society
  • 2013
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Joseph Lister's interest in nervous mechanisms led to innovative experiments on gut motility and the autonomic nervous system, from which he inferred that sympathetic nerve control was mediated via intrinsic neuronal plexuses in the gut wall, a mode of action confirmed 100 years later, in 1964–65.
For Lister ’ s 1867 papers , see J . Lister , ‘ On a New Method of treating Compound Fracture , Abscess , etc . , with Observations in the Conditions of Suppuration