Nov 20, 2014 - Sale 2367

Sale 2367 - Lot 91

Price Realized: $ 2,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
"RECKON WITH CONFIDENCE IN THE WOUND FOLLOWING AN ASEPTIC COURSE" LISTER, JOSEPH; 1ST BARON. Autograph Letter Signed, "Lister," to Dr. Powers ("My dear Sir"), suggesting that surgery on a fractured knee cap is justified if the wound can be expected to remain aseptic. 2 pages, 8vo, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet, "Portland Place" mourning stationery; faint marginal discoloration from prior matting to both sides, horizontal folds. [London], 31 January 1898

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"As I have now for a considerable time ceased to practice Surgery, I can only answer your question in a general way.
". . . [O]perative interference in recent transverse fracture of the patella was in my hands uniformly satisfactory in its results, . . . [I]t should always be resorted to, provided always that the surgeon can reckon with confidence in the wound following an aseptic course."
Lister (1827-1912) was a British surgeon, considered to be the father of antiseptic surgery, who developed a treatment for open wounds using carbolic acid dressings.