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