The Transformation of Surgery c.1845 - c.1918. Revision notes on; The problems of Surgery pre 1845 Dealing with pain Dealing with infection Dealing with blood loss Factors influencing these developments. Problems of Surgery pre 1845.
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Revision notes on;
The problems of Surgery pre 1845
Dealing with pain
Dealing with infection
Dealing with blood loss
Factors influencing these developments
When these germs settled on something they caused it to rot or go off
Lister thought that THESE SAME GERMS WERE SETTLING ON WOUNDS AFTER AN OPERATION AND INFECTING THE PATIENT. SO – somehow you had to prevent the germs getting into the wound – or kill the germs off.
Then, after the operation, he covered the wound up with carbolic-soakedbandages to stop any more germs getting in.
WHY DID THIS CHANGE?
Faced with massive casualties and difficult conditions surgeons were forced to take risks and improvise new techniques and therefore war accelerated improvements in surgery.
Other developments in surgery as a result of the First World War include: