Lord Lister.

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(2):303-304. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870020143027.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


Sometime ago I wrote a section for a book dealing with the impact of the Civil War on medicine. It was pretty largely negative. The reason for this empty span, this vacuum, was that the Civil War was fought between the discovery of anesthesia and the discovery and putting into practice of antisepsis and asepsis. It was the only large scale war fought in this awful period. An incalculable amount of carnage was produced by the surgeon. He could operate without causing much pain and then meditate on the savagery of nature as almost always infection came round. It caused ligatures to give way, gangrene to appear, and death to ensue. The magnificent contribution of Lord Lister enabled surgeons and physicians the world over to understand the nature of wound infection and to recognize the unpraiseworthy nature of what had been called laudable pus. The importance of cleanliness, short of


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview





Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Submit a Comment


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.