Joseph lister By JAKE BLACK
Who is Joseph Lister? • Joseph Lister studied at the University of London and he entered the Royal College of Surgeons when he was 26. Lister worked as a professor of surgery at universities in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. • He was born on April 5th 1827. • He died on February 10th 1912.His family were members of a religious group called the Quakers.
What is he best known for? • He was trying to stop bacteria from getting into a humans body. • Lister tested carbolic acid, or phenol, which was used to remove the smell from sewage. • He sprayed it on surgical instruments , wounds and dressings, and found a big reduction of gangrene and infections. • Wounds no longer became septic, so the carbolic acid was anti-septic. • He made surgeons wear gloves and wash their hands before and after operations with carbolic acid diluted in water.
Did his idea work? • Yes it did work, but before that surgeons did not wash their hands and that’s why thousands of people died. • After that he told them to wear gloves so that no other people would die because the gloves protected their hands from germs.
My thoughts... • I think his idea was a great one actually one of the best in the world. • Without him millions of would have died because of germs, doctors not washing their hands before surgery and not wearing gloves at the operation.
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