DSB: "The antiseptic doctrines and practices developed by Joseph Lister in the mid-Victorian era transformed the ancient craft of surgery into an enlightened art governed by scientific disciplines. His methodical, conscientious determination to reduce the appalling mortality rates resulting from traumatic and post-operative sepsis in the surgical wards of hospitals, allied with extraordinary probity and charm of character, captured the devotion of adherents in many countries and eventually silenced opponents. During his lifetime surgery expanded tremendously in resources and scope ... and Lister himself became widely acknowledged as one of mankind's greatest benefactors."
William Bulloch (1868-1941) took charge of the serum labatories at the British, later Lister, Institute of Preventive Medicine in 1895. He "participated in the early development of medical bacteriology in Britain and won lasting recognition as a historian of that science."