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JOSEPH LISTER (1827-1912) Autograph letter signed ("Joseph Lister") to Dr. Bulloch, Holland Road, 2 pages, 8°, integral blank leaves, 12 Park Crescent, Portland Place, 11 October 1895, in original stamped addressed envelope. "I am much obliged to you for your report of the puerperal septicaemia. What a tremondously virulent affair the poison must have been to produce sloughing of the entire mucous membrane of uterus and vagina. It does seem a great pity that the serum was not used a day earlier."

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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."


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