Joseph Lister

Lister, Joseph, 1. Baron Lister

Mediziner (1827–1912). Autograph letter signed. Lugano. 4 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo.
$ 2,094 / 1.800 € (15392)

To one Dr. Lindpaintner: “I cannot tell you how mortified I was to be obliged to send you my telegram yesterday, announcing that, after all, I could not go to Munich. I fear I cannot make you understand the reasons of my contradictory conduct. But I must try. I was detained in Edinburgh much longer than I expected, and only got away on the night of Monday last week. Then in London I found a very great deal to arrange about our house there, choosing papers etc. etc. etc., and only got away from London on Wednesday last.

Yet even then I hoped to have been able to get to Munich by the latter part of this week, after spending a short time in Northern Italy. But the journey to North Italy took longer than I had anticipated. And I found on arriving at Bellinzona, after crossing the Santo Bernardino Pass, that, even if I went to Munich so late as to arrive on Thursday night, we should really have no holiday at all; merely drive from one place to another without any rest [...]”. – The English surgeon Lister promoted the idea of sterile surgery. He successfully introduced carbolic acid to sterilize surgical instruments and to clean wounds and is hailed as the “father of modern antisepsis”. – On stationery with embossed address. Very well preserved; includes a small portrait (newspaper clipping)..