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Caption: Joseph Lister (1827-1912), British surgeon. Montage of images of the life and work of Lister, showing his disinfecting spray. Lister invented the carbolic acid spray as he believed most infection-causing germs were in the air. The steam spray covered everyone and everything in the operating room or hospital ward with a vapor of carbolic acid or phenol intended to create an antiseptic environment. The steam spray meant that an assistant was not required to work a cumbersome pump. Lister eventually abandoned the spray in 1887 as he found that germs carried on fingers, dressings, and the skin of the patient were more important.

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Joseph Lister, British surgeon

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