300% Casuaty Rate in Surgery

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300% Casuaty Rate in Surgery

Post  Twinlinked on Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:45 pm

Robert Liston (28 October 1794 – 7 December 1847)[1] was a pioneering Scottish surgeon. Liston was noted for his skill in an era prior to anaesthetics, when speed made a difference in terms of pain and survival.[2][3]

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.



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