On the 12th August 1865 Joseph Lister carried out the world’s first antiseptic surgery using the chemical phenol, otherwise known as carbolic acid.
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Use of the Lister carbolic spray, Antiseptic surgery, 1882. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images [email protected] http://images.wellcome.ac.uk Use of the Lister carbolic spray. Antiseptic surgery William Watson Cheyne Published: 1882 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc 2.0 UK, see http://images.wellcome.ac.uk/indexplus/page/Prices.html