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LISTER, JOSEPH HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, PIONEER ANTISEPTIC SURGERY

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HE IS CALLED THE FATHER OF MODERN SURGERY: HIS OBSERVATIONS, DEDUCTIONS, AND PRACTICES REVOLUTIONIZED SURGERY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND HERE STILL MOURNING THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE AND HAVING RETIRED FROM KINGS COLLEGE HOSPITAL HE DECLINES A DINNER INVITATION FROM LADY PALGRAVE AND MENTIONS AN ALLIANCE HER DAUGHTER IS SOON TO MAKE WITH HIS FAMILY                   

JOSEPH LISTER (1827-1912) HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, “Believe me my sincerely yours, Joseph Lister”, on his personal black bordered mourning stationary [he was mourning the death of his wife Lady Agnes Syme Lister], 4 x 7, 25 Feb. 1896 [just a few months earlier he had retired from Kings College Hospital and had been elected President of the Royal Society succeeding Lord Kelvin], in full: "Dear Lady Palgrave: It is extremely kind of you to invite me; and considering the alliance your dear daughter is about to make with my family, I feel much difficulty in declining. But the truth is that I am refusing invitations to dinner parties, and must therefore beg you to excuse me." by the British surgeon, experimental pathologist, and pioneer of antiseptic surgery. He found a way to prevent infections in wounds during and after surgery. His Antisepsis System is the basis of modern infection control. In 1860 he became professor of surgery at the University of Glasgow and became aware of a paper published by Louis Pasteur regarding the presence of micro-organisms in food that led to spoilage. Lister applied the ideas to develop antiseptic techniques to human wounds and on 12 August 1865 he achieved success by using carbolic acid to disinfect a compound fracture. As the germ theory of disease became more understood, it was realized that infection could be better avoided by preventing bacteria from getting into wounds in the first place. This led to the rise of antiseptic surgery. He accepted the Chair in Clinical Surgery at Kings College Hospital. He was appointed as the senior surgeon to Queen Victoria and after her death he was reappointed as such to her successor, King Edward VII. The handwritten letter is boldly signed and is in fine condition, with minor age toning.     

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