‘The Butchering Art’: How A 19th Century Physician Made Surgery Safer

Joseph Lister directing the use of carbolic acid spray in one of his earliest antiseptic surgical operations, circa 1865.

Before surgeons accepted germ theory, operations often killed patients. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with the author of a new biography of antiseptic advocate Joseph Lister.

(Image credit: Bettmann Archive)


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