Rt Hon. Lord Joseph Lister OM PC PRS
(1827-1912)

Died aged c. 85

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister of Lyme Regis OM, PC, PRS, FRCSE, FRCPGlas (5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912), was a British surgeon, medical scientist, experimental pathologist and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery and preventative medicine. Joseph Lister revolutionised the craft of surgery in the same manner that John Hunter revolutionised the science of surgery. From a technical viewpoint, Lister was not an exceptional surgeon, but his research into bacteriology and infection in wounds, raised his operative technique to a new plane where his observations, deductions and practices revolutionised surgery throughout the world. Lister's contribution to medicine was two-fold. He promoted the idea of sterile surgery while working as a surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary by successfully introducing phenol (then known as carbolic acid) to sterilise surgical instruments, the patients skin, sutures and the surgeons hands. However, his most important contribution was recognising the key principle the underlay the change in surgical practice, namely converting a chance observation into a meaningful application of the scientific principles proposed by Louis Pasteur. Lister's work led to a reduction in post-operative infections and made surgery safer for patients, distinguishing him as the "father of modern surgery".

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Commemorated on 6 plaques

Lord Lister (1827-1912) Surgeon lived here

12 Park Crescent, London, United Kingdom where they lived

On this site stood the surgical wards in which from 1861 to 1869 Joseph Lister surgeon to the Royal Infirmary and Regius Professor of Surgery in the University of Glasgow initiated the method of antiseptic treatment

Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 84-106 Castle Street, G4 0SF, Glasgow, United Kingdom where they initiated the method of antiseptic treatment (1861-1869)

In the house from 1860 to 1869 lived and worked Joseph Lister afterwards Baron Lister regius professor of surgery in the University of Glasgow

17 Woodside Place, G3 7QL, Glasgow, United Kingdom where they lived

Joseph Lister. Pioneer of antiseptic surgery lived here 1908-1912

Cnr The Beach and Clarence Road, Deal, United Kingdom where they lived (1908-1912)

Lord Lister 1870 - 1877

9 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they was (1870-1877)

In honour of Lord Lister 1827-1912. Founder of antiseptic and aseptic surgery, Regius Professor of Clinincal Surgery (1869-1877).

Teviot Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they worked