Born 1827. A surgeon who pioneered the use of antiseptics and thereby dramatically
reduced the number of post-opertive deaths due to infection.
After an early education at
various Quaker schools he entered University College, London. After studying
the arts he graduated and decided to take up medicine at the same College.
He enrolled in the faculty of medical science in October 1848. During this
time he was taught by the eminent physiologist William Sharpey, recognised
as one of the greatest surgical teacher of his day. Lister was a brilliant
student and graduated a bachelor of medicine with honours in 1852. In
October 1856 he was appointed as an assistant surgeon, at the Edinburgh
Royal Infirmary, to James Syme, who's daughter he later married. The
marriage, although childless, was a happy one, with his wife entering fully
into Lister's professional life.
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