When on February 10, 1912, surgeon Joseph Lister died at age 84, he left behind a drastic reduction in the mortality of surgical patients due to infections. According to statistics collected by Lister himself, from almost 50% of those operated to only 15%. Although other pioneers then worked on the same ideas, and although some experts have questioned the figures of Lister, there is no doubt about it: that British doctor has gone down in history as the father of antiseptic surgery.

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