Surgery – Peaceful Job or a ghastly act !

Surgery – Peaceful Job or a ghastly act !

#RobertListon

A surgeon to be remembered not for very good reasons !

Liston’s most famous case

Amputated the leg in under 2​1⁄2 minutes (the patient died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene; they usually did in those pre-Listerian days). He amputated in addition the fingers of his young assistant (who died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene). He also slashed through the coat tails of a distinguished surgical spectator, who was so terrified that the knife had pierced his vitals he dropped dead from fright.

That was the only operation in history with a 300 percent mortality.

— Richard Gordon

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Liston

About the author: Dr. Tushar Mehta

An Orthopaedic Surgeon who is a blend of academic excellence and entrepreneurship with interest in all aspects of Bones and Joints. contach him at [email protected]

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