Joseph Lister

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Joseph Lister was born in Upton, West Ham, Essex, England back in 1827 to Joseph and Isabella.  He attended Brown Academy.  After graduation he entered the University College London Medical School.  He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Medicine in 1852.  In that same year he passed the examination for the fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons. 

In 1853, he was working as an assistant at the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  In 1855, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  In 1877, he moved from Edinburgh to King’s College Hospital, London.  He was elected President of the Clinical Society of London.  He was known as the first surgeon to use catgut ligatures, sutures and rubber drains.  He died in 1912, he was 84.

What you may not know about Joseph is that he was the first surgeon to us carbolic aid to sterilize surgical instruments to clean wounds.

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Comments (19)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - his certainly is a well known name is surgery.

Jun 24, 2021 03:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jun 24, 2021 03:57 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

He would be amazed at the amount of sanitizing in the last year.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 24, 2021 04:51 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Obviously a very smart man. All great advancements start with small ideas. 

Jun 24, 2021 05:08 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a foreign language to me, but it does tell me that he was a brilliant man that likely improved the health of many people!

Jun 24, 2021 05:11 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Joseph took the lead and we are all better off today because of it. Enjoy your day.

Jun 24, 2021 05:20 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

James Dray I had to look up catgut just to see what it was/is. I read a buch of stuff but I still don't have a clear picture. Glad he was a force in sterilizing medical equipment.

Jun 24, 2021 05:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Certainly some very important advances in the field of surgical medicine from Joseph Lister. Do you think Listerine was named after hime?

Jun 24, 2021 05:40 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - Yes!  I looked it up.  So now we know the rest of the story! Listerine is named for Sir Joseph Lister. 

Jun 24, 2021 07:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I knew about Joseph Lister the moment I saw your title. He certainly was responsible for the survival of many.  A

Jun 24, 2021 06:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Nina Hollander, Broker has made a good observation.  I wonder if there is some link???  

Jun 24, 2021 06:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Interesting question that Nina asked.  He is the Father of antiseptic medicine. 

Jun 24, 2021 07:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, always learning about people from you that are interesting and coming up with things that benefit all of us.

Jun 24, 2021 07:47 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! No sir, I didn not know that baout him at all. You find the most fascinating people.

Jun 24, 2021 09:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

HI James- he certainly had a lot of firsts!!!

Jun 24, 2021 01:56 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

This doctor had lots of firsts! Bravo for him.


Jun 24, 2021 07:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I had absolutely no idea, what a contribution the healthcare, Endre

Jun 24, 2021 10:51 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

The cleansing of wounds was a huge step forward.

Jul 12, 2021 05:18 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Another proof that the small details matter. Cleanliness may be annoying, but leads to much better outcomes in surgery.

Jul 12, 2021 07:22 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

President James Garfield was shot and would have survived had his doctors not used unsanitary implements in tending to his wounds. Joseph Lister probably could have saved Garfield for his premature death.

Oct 26, 2021 07:31 PM