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Lister became Professor of Surgery at Glasgow University in 1860 and later combined this with clinical work at the Royal Infirmary. At this time, being a hospital patient could be a risky matter and The Glasgow Herald bemoaned the fact that `blood poisoning and hospital gangrene were of frequent occurrence`. In Paris, Louis Pasteur had been conducting experiments on micro-organisms in wine and Lister used this important work in developing germicides to counter the sources of infections in the hospital. This led him to the use of carbolic acid in keeping wounds free of germs and his pioneering work was described by the same newspaper as heralding the science of modern surgery as it allowed operations to be performed far more safely.

Lord Lister Statue (Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow)

This statue stands in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow.

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