“Get a move on Lister, this scuttering aboot swoppin aprons, washing, scrubbing an pentin between operations is going tae mak me late for ma supper.”
scutter: hinder with something unimportant, delay detain through some needless or annoying thing.
“Get a move on Lister, this time wasting carry on of swopping aprons, washing, scrubbing and painting between operations is going to make me late for my supper.”
Joseph Lister first used his new antiseptic surgical technique in March 1865.
While working in Glasgow Lister read some papers by Louis Pasteur who introduced the idea that tiny organisms in the air can cause putrefaction. Lister knew that carbolic acid was a powerful disinfectant and would kill these tiny things. He developed methods to use it during surgery. He painted wounds, developed dressings and sprayed it in the air.
Despite the proven successes of the methods the British Medical Profession regarded it as overcomplicated and superfluous and it was many years and many lives lost before it became widely adopted. However Europe recognised the benefits and even improved the procedures and developed less irritating solutions than carbolic acid.
Previous to this pioneering breakthrough more died than lived after surgery. With the introduction of antiseptic conditions that trend was now reversed. By the time of his death in 1912 Joseph Lister was a greatly venerated figure.
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