Joseph Lister "Cut Open"
Intro To Modern Surgery
After graduating from the University of London he went on to become a professor of surgery at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow.
Later that year he read in a newspaper about how when a sewage was treated with carbolic acid it had led to a reduction of diseases among the people of Carlisle.
He then thought what if i did this with wounds. He developed a successful method of applying purified carbolic acid to wounds. Joseph then protected the technical details of antisepsis and continued his research.
This was huge. Antisepsis became a basic principle for developing surgeries and after amputations became less frequent along with death from infection.
He even had a product named after him. Listerine disinfectant which eventually became a mouthwash.
"Joseph Lister." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.