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The Case of James Greenlees


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.

The Case of James Greenlees


The Case of James Greenlees


“The Case of James Greenlees,” Heritage, accessed June 20, 2024,