Joseph Lister Lot of Four Autograph Letters Signed and One Clipped Signature. Mainly 3.75" x 5.75". Known as the "Father of Modern Surgery," Joseph Lister promoted the idea of sterile surgery while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Facilities for washing hands or the patient's wounds did not exist at the time, and it was considered unnecessary for the surgeon to wash his hands before he saw a patient. Lister successfully introduced carbolic acid (phenol) to sterilize surgical instruments and to clean wounds, and in so doing improved the health and well being of the world's citizens. Offered in this archive are four brief personal letters, each written on black-bordered mourning stationery with Lister's address imprinted at the top. Letters are dated from 1905 to 1907; one is undated and another is accompanied by the original transmittal envelope. Also included is a clipped signature (4.5" x 2.25") from another black-bordered letter, also undated. Lister retired from practice after his wife, who had long helped him in research, died in 1893 in Italy, during one of the few holidays they allowed themselves. After the loss of his wife, studying and writing lost their appeal and he sank into a deep melancholy, as evidenced by his general disappearance from social life and his continued use of mourning paper for his letters. All items are in fine to very fine condition.

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