Joseph Lister – Surgeon and Anti-Sepsis Researcher

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We celebrate the birthday of JOSEPH LISTER on April 5. 

Joseph Lister was the pioneer of antiseptic surgery. Post-operative infections were a serious problem until Joseph’s research produced carbolic acid.

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Wounds and surgical instruments were successfully sterilized and resulted in a reduction in infections. Spurned on by the work of Louis Pasteur, Joseph researched into infection control and enforced strict hygiene routines in hospitals before and after surgery.

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Joseph was a gifted Doctor and surgeon. He also improved both mastectomy and kneecap surgery. He was held in high esteem and some of his patients were high profile public figures.


  • When and where was he born
  • Who was he an assistant surgeon to after he moved to Scotland
  • Who was one of Joseph Lister’s most famous female patients
  • What year was Joseph Knighted
  • Joseph assisted in an appendectomy on another famous person. Who was it?
  • Name three prestigious awards received by Joseph
  • A product we still use today was named after him – what is it?

doc and nurses1His story is brought to life through a new story format called a BioView® featuring other incredible doctors and nurses. It is as if these amazing doctors and nurses returned through time to tell the story of their life and their amazing achievements. Students are given the opportunity to really engage in a more ‘personal’ way in this unique history lesson.

Are you are interested in studying to become a doctor? To know and appreciate the background of others in medicine, gives us an insight into the difficulties they had to achieve their goals. Yes, many of us work and study hard today, but we have many pioneers to thank for the research and discoveries that we, at times, may take for granted.

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