Asepsis

Antisepsis or asepsis [Greek: anti, against + septikos, that which causes putrefaction] The word ‘antiseptic’ was used by Sir John Pringle (1707–1782) in his essay Experiments upon Septic and Antiseptic Substances published in 1750. The concept was initiated on a scientific basis by Ignaz Semmelweiss (1818–1865) of Vienna. He demonstrated in 1847 that mortality due to puerperal fever could be reduced from 18% to less than 2% if students and doctors washed their hands before attending patients in the ward. However, his findings were ignored and he was ridiculed and persecuted. Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) in 1857 proved that microorganisms were the cause of fermentation, thus undermining the theory of spontaneous generation. Around the same time, in 1860, Joseph Lister (1827–1912) advocated use of carbolic acid for the prevention of infection during surgery, with remarkable effect. Destruction of microorganisms by heat was shown by Pasteur in 1868. Thomas Porter Blunt while working with Sir Arthur Henry Downs (1851–1938) demonstrated the retarding effect of sunlight on putrefaction in 1877. Use of rubber gloves in surgery was introduced in the early 1900s by American surgeon,William Halstead (1852–1922).



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Great Britain, History of Surgery, 1965 Joseph Lister's Discovery of Antiseptic Surgery
Great Britain, History of Surgery, 1965 Joseph Lister's Discovery of Antiseptic Surgery
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THE BACTERIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF DISINFECTANTS, THE SANITARY PUBLISHING COMPANY, William Partridge,1907 First Edition
THE BACTERIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF DISINFECTANTS, THE SANITARY PUBLISHING COMPANY, William Partridge,1907 First Edition
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Aseptic Surgery by Charles Barrett Lockwood 1896. 233 pages. No dust jacket. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering
Aseptic Surgery by Charles Barrett Lockwood 1896. 233 pages. No dust jacket. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering
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Joseph Lister: Father of Modern Surgery, 10 Illustrations with Portraits, Traux, Rhoda 270 pages 1947, First Edition very good copy
Joseph Lister: Father of Modern Surgery, 10 Illustrations with Portraits, Traux, Rhoda 270 pages 1947, First Edition very good copy
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Pharmaceutical Bacteriology, Special Reference to Disinfection and Sterilization, Albert Schneider,  86 illustrations, Columbia University, 1912, First Edition
Pharmaceutical Bacteriology, Special Reference to Disinfection and Sterilization, Albert Schneider, 86 illustrations, Columbia University, 1912, First Edition
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Pasteur, (The century science series), Percy Faraday Frankland, Cassell & Company, 1898. First Edition, Hardcover
Pasteur, (The century science series), Percy Faraday Frankland, Cassell & Company, 1898. First Edition, Hardcover
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An Introduction to Practical Bacteriology, Edgar Crookshank, 30 tissue guarded colored plates, First Edition, Edgar Crookshank 1886
An Introduction to Practical Bacteriology, Edgar Crookshank, 30 tissue guarded colored plates, First Edition, Edgar Crookshank 1886
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Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Morse, John T , 2 Volumes, Hard Cover, First Edition, 1896
Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Morse, John T , 2 Volumes, Hard Cover, First Edition, 1896
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