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Lord Lister, O.M., F.R.S.

Nature volume 88, pages 556558 (22 February 1912) | Download Citation



BY the death of Lord Lister, the world has lost one of its greatest men, and one who, without any question, conferred more benefits on humanity than any man had ever done before. His great achievement was no doubt the revolution which he carried out in the science and practice of surgery by his investigations into the causes of septic disease, and one has only to look back at the state of surgery up to the time when he began his work to gain some idea of the enormous advance which followed.

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