Lister and Antisepsis

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198204992
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676444 | DOI:
Lister and Antisepsis

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This chapter examines the impact antiseptics developed by Joseph Lister had on mortality due to puerperal disease in England during the 19th century. It explores the evolution of Listerian antisepsis in surgical practice, the introduction of Listerian antisepsis into obstetrics, and the sudden resurrection of Ignaz Semmelweis to the position of fame he holds in the history of medicine today. It also discusses Lister's denial of the rumour that he owed his antisepsis ideas to Semmelweis.

Keywords: Joseph Lister; antisepsis; puerperal disease; obstetrics; Ignaz Semmelweis

Chapter.  9283 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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