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J. W. MacIntyre to Comrie.

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Two copies of a letter and notes about x-ray work at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Creator

John Macintyre

Date

c. 1928

Identifier

RCPSG 10/1A/30/1-3

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Two copies of a letter and notes about x-ray work at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

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Lord Lister's Visiting Card

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Lister's visiting card "To introduce Professor Boltini to William Macewen."

Date

c. N.D.

Identifier

RCPSG 11/2/1

Description

Lister's visiting card "To introduce Professor Boltini to William Macewen."

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Lister's Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society membership card

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Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society membership card that belonged to Joseph Lister.

Creator

Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society

Date

c. 1892-1893

Identifier

RCPSG 11/2/11

Publisher

Thomlinson, Partick

Description

Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society membership card that belonged to Joseph Lister.

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'Lectures on Surgery delivered by Prof Lister in Glasgow University session 1868-1869.'

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Student notes by Alexander Napier on Joseph Lister's lectures on surgery at the University of Glasgow

Creator

Alexander Napier

Date

c. 1868-1869

Identifier

RCPSG 1/20/1/21/1

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Student notes by Alexander Napier on Joseph Lister's lectures on surgery at the University of Glasgow

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Lord Lister with his House Surgeons and Dressers

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Photograph of Lord Lister with his House Surgeons and Dressers from 1861-1893.

Date

c. unknown

Identifier

1/12/4/1/1

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Photograph of Lord Lister with his House Surgeons and Dressers from 1861-1893.

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Mention of Joseph Lister's Late Library Returns in College Minutes

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A record of the failure of Joseph Lister to return library books on time noted with the College Minutes.

Date

c. 1861

Identifier

RCPSG/1/1/1/9

Description

A record of the failure of Joseph Lister to return library books on time noted with the College Minutes.

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Panoramic Video of Lister Room

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This panoramic video shows the interior of the Lister Room at the College. Originally a dining room, the room now acts as a space for College meetings. This room was named after Joseph Lister, an honorary fellow of the College who pioneered the antiseptic principle of surgery at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in the 1860s.

Date

c. 2019

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Attendance card of Mr Murdoch Cameron

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Attendance card of Mr Murdoch Cameron at Clinical Lectures on Surgical Patients in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, given by Professor Lister and Dr. Ebenezer Watson.

Date

c. 1867

Identifier

RCPSG 11/2/6/1

Description

Attendance card of Mr Murdoch Cameron at Clinical Lectures on Surgical Patients in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, given by Professor Lister and Dr. Ebenezer Watson.

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Table from the Lister Ward

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Original table from the Lister Ward of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary that was brought to the College after the demolition of the ward. The table now sits in the Lister Room of the College.

John H Teacher was St Mungo Professor of Pathology at the University of Glasgow and pathologist to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Date

c. 1800s-1900s

Description

Original table from the Lister Ward of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary that was brought to the College after the demolition of the ward. The table now sits in the Lister Room of the College.

John H Teacher was St Mungo Professor of Pathology at the University of Glasgow and pathologist to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

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Printed order of service for funeral of Lord Lister

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Printed order of service for funeral of Lord Lister, Westminster Abbey

Date

c. 1912

Identifier

RCPSG 11/2/8

Description

Printed order of service for funeral of Lord Lister, Westminster Abbey

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Photographs of the laying of wreaths at the base of the Lister Memorial

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Photographs of the laying of wreaths at the base of the Lister Memorial in Kelvingrove Park

Date

c. 1927

Identifier

RCPSG 39/10/17/1-44

Description

Photographs of the laying of wreaths at the base of the Lister Memorial in Kelvingrove Park

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Letter from Joseph Lister Regarding Honorary Fellowship

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Letter from Joseph Lister acknowledging receipt of information on the date of his enrolment as an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Date

c. 1905

Identifier

RCPSG 11/1/8

Description

Letter from Joseph Lister acknowledging receipt of information on the date of his enrolment as an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

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Admission Card for Joseph Lister's Funeral

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Admission card (in name of Professor Murdoch Cameron) for Lord Lister's funeral service in Westminster Abbey.

Date

c. 1912

Identifier

RCPSG 11/2/10

Description

Admission card (in name of Professor Murdoch Cameron) for Lord Lister's funeral service in Westminster Abbey.

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Professor Kay dressed up as Lord Lister

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Photograph of Professor Kay dressed up as Lord Lister during the celebrations to mark the centenary of Lister's first antiseptic operation in Glasgow in 1865. Also in photograph are Sister Margaret Scott of the Royal Infirmary and 11 year old schoolboy Andrew Munro.

Date

c. 1965

Identifier

RCPSG 46/7/2

Description

Photograph of Professor Kay dressed up as Lord Lister during the celebrations to mark the centenary of Lister's first antiseptic operation in Glasgow in 1865. Also in photograph are Sister Margaret Scott of the Royal Infirmary and 11 year old schoolboy Andrew Munro.

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Joseph Lister is My New Flatmate

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"Joseph Lister is My New Flatmate" is a collection of poems written by Marianne Macrae as part of her Artist in Residence post with the College. Marianne researched the life and work of Joseph Lister, showcasing her work through a series of outreach and engagement events.

Creator

Marianne Macrae

Date

c. 2018

Identifier

WZ 330 MAC

Publisher

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Description

"Joseph Lister is My New Flatmate" is a collection of poems written by Marianne Macrae as part of her Artist in Residence post with the College. Marianne researched the life and work of Joseph Lister, showcasing her work through a series of outreach and engagement events.

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Joseph Lister is my New Flatmate

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"Joseph Lister is My New Flatmate" is a collection of poems by Marianne Macrae, our former Artist in Residence. The poems were part of a 9 month project looking at the life of Joseph Lister, who founded his principle of antisepsis in Glasgow in 1867.

Creator

Richard Hanrahan and Marianne Macrae

Date

c. 2017

Description

"Joseph Lister is My New Flatmate" is a collection of poems by Marianne Macrae, our former Artist in Residence. The poems were part of a 9 month project looking at the life of Joseph Lister, who founded his principle of antisepsis in Glasgow in 1867.

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Joseph Lister 1868 Lecture on Antisepsis

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Pictured here is the minute book of the Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society. In this meeting, Joseph Lister presented his method of dressing wounds with carbolic acid, which was key to his work in antisepsis. This lecture took place in the Faculty Hall, now the College's Princess Alexandera room.

"An extra meeting of the Society was held this evening, and the President occupied the chair.

The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Mr Lister gave a lengthened exposition of the atmospheric germ theory of putrefaction, and illustrated it by the exhibition of M. Pasteur’s experiment with flasks containing urine.

He next directed attention to the employment of Carbolic acid for the destruction of the germs presumed to exist in the air, and which Mr Lister supposed to be the exciting cause of putrefaction in wounds; and for the details of a case in which a young man sustained an incised wound of left side of thorax, with penetration through the diaphragm and protrusion of omentum through the wound externally.

The protruding portion of omentum was cut off; and although the left pleural cavity was so distended with air and haemorrhage as to cause displacement of the heart to the right side of the chest, the young man made a perfect recovery under the Carbolic acid dressings.
Mr L then described the effects of a ligature applied on the antiseptic system to the carotid of a horse, and showed the portion of the artery, and the superjacent skin, as well as the ligature, all of which had been removed from the horse, which had died from some disease unconnected with the operation, 13 days after.
He also narrated a case of ligature of the external iliac artery by the same method, and the history of a case of necrosis of the tibia, in which some of the dead bone had come away, but was presumed to have been absorbed.

The mode of dressing wounds with Carbolic acid was next described; the part of Carbolic acid in 20 of water being recommended for an internal application; and for external dressing, after experimenting with a number of different substances, Mr Lister had arrived at the conclusion that emplastrum plumbi with a fourth of its weight of bees wax and impregnated with Carbolic acid is the most suitable. The strength of the dressing ought however in all cases to be regulated by the nature of the wound.

A discussion following, was, chiefly owing to the late hour, confined principally to the cause of putrefaction in wounds, and the theory which had been advanced by Mr Lister to account for the antiseptic properties of the Carbolic acid."

Date

c. 1868

Description

Pictured here is the minute book of the Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society. In this meeting, Joseph Lister presented his method of dressing wounds with carbolic acid, which was key to his work in antisepsis. This lecture took place in the Faculty Hall, now the College's Princess Alexandera room.

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The Case of James Greenlees

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In 1867, Joseph Lister published a series of articles in The Lancet that were to be the first examples of antisepsis in action. Each of the cases occurred during his time working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. His first case was a young boy by the name of James Greenlees, who had an open fracture of his leg. Lister set the fracture and dressed the wound in carbolic acid to prevent infection. James made a full recovery. This was the birth of antisepsis.

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Glass bottles used by Joseph Lister

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Two photographs of glass bottles used by Joseph Lister when replicating the experiment of Louis Pasteur.

Date

c. Unknown

Identifier

RCPSG 23/4/17-18

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A3 print

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29.7 cm x 42cm

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Two photographs of glass bottles used by Joseph Lister when replicating the experiment of Louis Pasteur.

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Glass bottles used by Joseph Lister

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Photograph of glass bottles used by Joseph Lister when replicating the experiment of Louis Pasteur.

Date

c. Unknown

Identifier

RCPSG 23/4/17-18

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A3 print

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42cm x 29.7 cm

Description

Photograph of glass bottles used by Joseph Lister when replicating the experiment of Louis Pasteur.

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Scan of GRI Gavel Casket

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This 3D scan depicts a wooden gavel casket in our collection, made from timber that was once in the Lister Ward at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

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This 3D scan depicts a wooden gavel casket in our collection, made from timber that was once in the Lister Ward at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

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Fight the Germs Game

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This game is a spin of an old classic. Inspired by the discovery of antisepsis by Joseph Lister in Glasgow, this game was created for the 150th anniversary event, Listermania.

Listermania (2018) was a celebration of Joseph Lister's pioneering work on antisepsis in Glasgow.

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This game is a spin of an old classic. Inspired by the discovery of antisepsis by Joseph Lister in Glasgow, this game was created for the 150th anniversary event, Listermania.

Listermania (2018) was a celebration of Joseph Lister's pioneering work on antisepsis in Glasgow.

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Animation on Lister's Carbolic Spray

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In 1897, Joseph Lister published his ground-breaking article “Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery” in the medical journal, The Lancet. This article presented Lister's initial cases where he used what would become his principle of antisepsis. It was in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary that Lister first started using carbolic as an antiseptic, heralding the beginnings of a surgical revolution.

The carbolic spray, however, was mainly employed during Lister's time as a surgeon in Edinburgh. As well as sterilising wounds, Lister aimed to sterilise the surgical environment. Hence, an operator would pump carbolic spray around the operating theatre to eradicate any germs. Unfortunately, this had detrimental effects on practitioners since they were inhaling highly concentrated carbolic acid.

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In 1897, Joseph Lister published his ground-breaking article “Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery” in the medical journal, The Lancet. This article presented Lister's initial cases where he used what would become his principle of antisepsis. It was in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary that Lister first started using carbolic as an antiseptic, heralding the beginnings of a surgical revolution.

The carbolic spray, however, was mainly employed during Lister's time as a surgeon in Edinburgh. As well as sterilising wounds, Lister aimed to sterilise the surgical environment. Hence, an operator would pump carbolic spray around the operating theatre to eradicate any germs. Unfortunately, this had detrimental effects on practitioners since they were inhaling highly concentrated carbolic acid.

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Gavel casket

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Gavel casket made using timber from the former Lister Ward of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary (demolished 1924). An illustration of the original GRI building (demolished 1912) carved on the front. The handles on the sides are carved with the emblem and motto of the GRI. Emblem and motto of Clan Jardine carved on the back. Photograph inside the lid of Andrew and William Brown. Box contains hammer from Macewen's theatre (object number 455) and Royal Faculty anniversary gavel (object number 456).

Silver plate on top of box: "Presented to the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on the 29th November, 1949, and to perpetuate the memory of Andrew and William Brown J.P., who as instrument makers to the Royal Infirmary served the great surgeons Lord Lister and Sir William Macewen, by Mr. Andrew Jardine, newphew of Messrs. Brown. This casket is made of timber from the Lister Ward of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Built 1859 - Demolished 1924."

Carving on front of box: Image of the original GRI building; "The original Glasgow Royal Infirmary 1794-1912".

Handles on sides of box: Thistle and serpent emblem of the GRI; "Auspice Caelo".

Carving on back of box: Emblem and motto of Clan Jardine, "Cave Adsum"; "The founder George Jardine, Professor of Logic, Old College Glasgow".

Creator

Hugh Kirkpatrick, Manufacturer

Date

c.1949

Identifier

454

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Height = 16 cm; Width = 41.5 cm; Depth = 22 cm.

Materials

wood
silver

Description

Gavel casket made using timber from the former Lister Ward of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary (demolished 1924). An illustration of the original GRI building (demolished 1912) carved on the front. The handles on the sides are carved with the emblem and motto of the GRI. Emblem and motto of Clan Jardine carved on the back. Photograph inside the lid of Andrew and William Brown. Box contains hammer from Macewen's theatre (object number 455) and Royal Faculty anniversary gavel (object number 456).

Silver plate on top of box: "Presented to the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on the 29th November, 1949, and to perpetuate the memory of Andrew and William Brown J.P., who as instrument makers to the Royal Infirmary served the great surgeons Lord Lister and Sir William Macewen, by Mr. Andrew Jardine, newphew of Messrs. Brown. This casket is made of timber from the Lister Ward of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Built 1859 - Demolished 1924."

Carving on front of box: Image of the original GRI building; "The original Glasgow Royal Infirmary 1794-1912".

Handles on sides of box: Thistle and serpent emblem of the GRI; "Auspice Caelo".

Carving on back of box: Emblem and motto of Clan Jardine, "Cave Adsum"; "The founder George Jardine, Professor of Logic, Old College Glasgow".

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Lister's Necrosis Forceps

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Lister's necrosis forceps, metal.

Date

c. 1901

Identifier

2003/204.8

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Metal

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Lister's necrosis forceps, metal.

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Photograph of old woman

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Photograph of old woman found in "The Selected Papers of Joseph Baron Lister Vol.II", Oxford Press, 1909

Date

Unknown

Identifier

RCPSG/1/20/14/29

Description

Photograph of old woman found in "The Selected Papers of Joseph Baron Lister Vol.II", Oxford Press, 1909

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Set of Lister's Bougies

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Lister's bougie, in leather-covered case, c 1876.

Date

1876

Identifier

2003/190

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Length: 31.5 cm

Materials

Leather; metal; velvet

Description

Lister's bougie, in leather-covered case, c 1876.

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Demolition of the Lister Ward

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Photograph showing the demolition of the Lister Ward at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Date

1924

Identifier

RCPSG/28/109

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photograph

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Photograph showing the demolition of the Lister Ward at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Portrait of Joseph Lister

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Joseph Lister as a young man. Given to Professor Archibald Young by Dr John Stewart, Halifax, Nova Scotia, who was one of Lister's residents in Edinburgh.

Date

19th century

Identifier

RCPSG/1/12/2/55

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photograph

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Joseph Lister as a young man. Given to Professor Archibald Young by Dr John Stewart, Halifax, Nova Scotia, who was one of Lister's residents in Edinburgh.

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Medical ward, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Photograph of a medical ward at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, c 1920.

Date

c 1920

Identifier

RCPSG/28/81

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photograph

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Photograph of a medical ward at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, c 1920.

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Ward in the Lister Block, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Date

c 1900

Identifier

RCPSG/28/40

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photograph

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Ward in the Lister Block, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Date

c 1900

Identifier

RCPSG/28/39

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photograph

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Ward in the Lister Block, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Date

c 1900

Identifier

RCPSG/28/38

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photograph

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Ward in the Lister Block, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Date

c 1900

Identifier

RCPSG/28/37

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photograph

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Ward 1, Lister Block, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Photograph of Ward 1 in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Dr Fife in the centre of the group.

Date

1890

Identifier

RCPSG/28/27

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photograph

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Photograph of Ward 1 in the Lister Block at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Dr Fife in the centre of the group.

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Ward in the Lister Block, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at the GRI

Date

c 1860/70

Identifier

RCPSG/28/24

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Original Format

photograph

Description

Photograph of a ward in the Lister Block at the GRI

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Sir Joseph Lister's Operating Instruments

Description

Case of operating instruments which belonged to Joseph Lister, c 1865.

Lister began his investigations into antisepsis while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1860s. It was here that he used the first ever antiseptic dressings while attending patients with compound fractures.

Date

c. 1865

Identifier

2003/9

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Physical Dimensions

Length: 17.3 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Case of operating instruments which belonged to Joseph Lister, c 1865.

Lister began his investigations into antisepsis while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1860s. It was here that he used the first ever antiseptic dressings while attending patients with compound fractures.

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Lister's Graduation Gown

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Held within the Lister Room of the College is Sir Joseph Lister's graduation gown. Lister was a student of University College London initially as a botany student. After obtaining his bachelor's degree, he studied medicine and became first assistant to James Syme at the University of Edinburgh.

Creator

Christie & Findlayer

Date

c. 1840-1850s

Description

Held within the Lister Room of the College is Sir Joseph Lister's graduation gown. Lister was a student of University College London initially as a botany student. After obtaining his bachelor's degree, he studied medicine and became first assistant to James Syme at the University of Edinburgh.

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Lister Carbolic Spray

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Lister (1826-1912) used a steam spray such as this one to spray the air in his operating theatre with carbolic acid. Sprays containing measures of carbolic acid were used in Lister's wards between the 1870s and the 1890s.

The maker of this spray was David Marr of 27 Little Queen Street, London, who made many of Lister's instruments. The spray has a grey metal body with a wooden handle attached at one side and a container for the carbolic acid at the other side. Water was boiled in the upper container of the main part of the spray by a spirit lamp in the lower part. The steam produced was emitted across the tube leading into the container of carbolic acid whereupon the steam mixed with the acid.

Implements used by Lister for spraying underwent a steady evolution. Originally an ordinary rubber bulb spray was used, this was then replaced by a large and more cumbersome machine which was mounted on a tripod and manipulated by a long pump handle. Stage three in the development process was the steam spray shown here.

The carbolic acid solution used in the sprays also developed with time, the parts of acid becoming stronger. Lister was aware that the air was a medium for germs and his belief that germs could be destroyed by chemical substances was influenced by the work of Louis Pasteur.

The use of the spraying technique employed by Lister was an important element of the antiseptic ritual of treatment. Lister's success with antiseptic procedures revolutionised the treatment of disease and injuries.

Related Items

The papers of Joseph Lister (RCPSG 11) are held in the College Archives.

The College also holds a pocket case of lancets, bistouries, probes and hooks which belonged to Joseph Lister.

In the Lister room within the College there is a table and a fireplace rescued from the Lister wards of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary when they were demolished in 1924. Lord Lister's graduation gown is also displayed in this room.

The College's art collection includes an etching of Joseph Lister by Wilfred C. Applebey and a print of a portrait of him by T. Hamilton Crawford, as well as a picture of the scene of the demolition of the Lister wards.

Date

c. 1870-1890

Identifier

2003/174

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Physical Dimensions

Height: 24.8 cm

Materials

Glass; metal; rubber; wood

Description

Lister (1826-1912) used a steam spray such as this one to spray the air in his operating theatre with carbolic acid. Sprays containing measures of carbolic acid were used in Lister's wards between the 1870s and the 1890s.

The maker of this spray was David Marr of 27 Little Queen Street, London, who made many of Lister's instruments. The spray has a grey metal body with a wooden handle attached at one side and a container for the carbolic acid at the other side. Water was boiled in the upper container of the main part of the spray by a spirit lamp in the lower part. The steam produced was emitted across the tube leading into the container of carbolic acid whereupon the steam mixed with the acid.

Implements used by Lister for spraying underwent a steady evolution. Originally an ordinary rubber bulb spray was used, this was then replaced by a large and more cumbersome machine which was mounted on a tripod and manipulated by a long pump handle. Stage three in the development process was the steam spray shown here.

The carbolic acid solution used in the sprays also developed with time, the parts of acid becoming stronger. Lister was aware that the air was a medium for germs and his belief that germs could be destroyed by chemical substances was influenced by the work of Louis Pasteur.

The use of the spraying technique employed by Lister was an important element of the antiseptic ritual of treatment. Lister's success with antiseptic procedures revolutionised the treatment of disease and injuries.

Related Items

The papers of Joseph Lister (RCPSG 11) are held in the College Archives.

The College also holds a pocket case of lancets, bistouries, probes and hooks which belonged to Joseph Lister.

In the Lister room within the College there is a table and a fireplace rescued from the Lister wards of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary when they were demolished in 1924. Lord Lister's graduation gown is also displayed in this room.

The College's art collection includes an etching of Joseph Lister by Wilfred C. Applebey and a print of a portrait of him by T. Hamilton Crawford, as well as a picture of the scene of the demolition of the Lister wards.

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