Statistics and the British controversy about the effects of Joseph Lister’s system of antisepsis for surgery, 1867–1890

@article{Trhler2015StatisticsAT,
  title={Statistics and the British controversy about the effects of Joseph Lister’s system of antisepsis for surgery, 1867–1890},
  author={U. Tr{\"o}hler},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine},
  year={2015},
  volume={108},
  pages={280 - 287}
}
  • U. Tröhler
  • Published 2015
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
In his revisionist book Bad medicine. Doctors doing harm since Hippocrates, historian David Wootton claims that, by introducing antisepsis with carbolic acid in surgery, Joseph Lister (1827–1912) was the first doctor to merge ‘science’ with the practice of medicine with resulting prolongation of life: ‘Lister thus begins the modern history of medicine, defined in terms of constant improvements in therapy grounded in developing scientific understanding, and it is striking that it is surgery’ (p… Expand
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