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PRESENTATION COPY

LISTER, Joseph. Introductory lecture delivered in the university of edinburgh. November 8, 1869.

Edinburgh. Edmondston and Douglas, 1869. First edition.
8vo. 22pp. Original wraps, with title to upper wrap. A fine presentation copy, with only slight marking, inscribed 'From the author' to head of title.
Joseph Lister (1827-1912), English physician and founder of anti-septic surgery. After eight years as the Professor of Surgery at Glasgow University, Lister left in 1869 to take up the professorship of clinical surgery at Edinburgh.

This first lecture outlines his germ theory of putrefaction: 'the germ-theory declares that the putrefaction of organic substances under atmospheric influence is not effected, as used to be supposed, by the oxygen of the air, but by living organisms developed from germs floating in the atmosphere as constituents of its dust'. Significant in itself as scientific theory, for Lister it was of particular significance given that his antiseptic system of surgical treatment aimed to avoid putrefaction by guarding against germs.

As this copy is of the same provenance as similar offprints and pamphlets presented to Dr Lonsdale of Cumberland Infirmary, it is likely that he was the recipient of this presentation copy.
£ 750.00 Antiquates Ref: 10394