Joseph Lister

(1827–1912)

Joseph Lister

Anecdote...

Lister was once summoned to attend a rich lord who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. Dexterously the great surgeon removed the bone. Overcome with gratitude, the patient asked Lister what was owed him. Lister replied with a smile, “My lord, suppose we settle for half of what you would be willing to give me if the bone were still lodged in your throat.”

Biographical Note: 

Joseph Lister was a British surgeon. Influenced by the work of Louis Pasteur, he used carbolic acid as an antiseptic in surgery and greatly reduced the incidence of infection.