William Macewen was born in Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute, Scotland back in 1848. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, graduating with a medical degree in 1872. He helped revolutionize surgery by developing antisepsis, thus decreasing drastically the enormous mortality of surgical patients due to infections.
He became one of the most innovative surgeons of his time. In 1880, he began training nurses at the infirmary focusing upon sterilization under the charge of Mrs. Rebecca Strong. He was knighted in the 1902 Coronation Honors for his service to medicine. In 1916, he helped to found the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailor and Soldiers in Erskine. He was the hospitals first chief surgeon, he also designed the Erskine artificial limb. He died in Glasgow in 1924, he was 75.
What you may not know about Dr. Macewen is that he was a pioneer in modern brain surgery. He is considered the father of neurosurgery and contributed and contributed to the development of the bone graft surgery techniques, the surgical treatment of hernia repair and for the removal of the lung.
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