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Bronze statue of Jospeh Lister, Europe, 1870-1930

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Joseph Lister (1827-1912) was the pioneer of antiseptic surgery. Lister is shown here in academic robes, perhaps in recognition of his career as Chair of Surgery at Glasgow University (1860-1869), Professor of Clinical Surgery at Edinburgh (1867-1877) and Professor of Surgery at King’s College London (1877-1892). A similar but larger version of a statue of Lister in academic robes, sculpted by George Henry Paulin (1888-1962), is in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow. The park was a place Lister visited often while working at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he tried and tested his ideas.

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Glossary: statue

A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.

Glossary: antisepsis

The practice of using antiseptic drugs to eliminate harmful micro-organisms.