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    Joseph Lister Autograph Letter Signed "Lister." One page, 3.5" x 5.5" (sight), personal letterhead, March 23, 1898. The short letter, addressed to an unknown woman, reads in full: "Dear Madam, In reply to your letter I may assure you that I will give Wilson's case careful consideration." The letter has been matted and framed along with a black and white portrait of Lister, to the overall size of 14" x 10.75".

    Lister (1827-1912) was a British surgeon and medical scientist who first 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.

    Condition: Usual mail fold, with light foxing. Very good condition.

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