Joseph Lister

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Joseph Lister (1827-1912) was a Scottish physician who applied Louis Pasteur's germ theory of disease and implemented an antibacterial cleaning technique for hospital tools and facilities, greatly reducing the number of infections. While Pasteur's sterilization techniques weren't usable for surgical equipment, Lister found that carbonic acid would work.[1]

See also


  1. The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989