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Robert Liston, The Man Who Killed 3 People In A Single Op

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Liston

Liston's most famous cases

Richard Gordon describes Liston's four most famous cases in his 1983 book, as below.

Fourth most famous case: "Removal in 4 minutes of a 45-pound scrotal tumour, whose owner had to carry it round in a wheelbarrow".[12]

Third most famous case:

Argument with his house-surgeon. Was the red, pulsating tumour in a small boy's neck a straightforward abscess of the skin? Or a dangerous aneurism of the carotid artery? 'Pooh!' Liston exclaimed impatiently. 'Whoever heard of an aneurism in one so young? Flashing a knife from his waistcoat pocket, he lanced it. Houseman's note - 'Out leaped arterial blood, and the boy fell.' The patient died but the artery lives, in University College Hospital pathology museum, specimen No. 1256.[12]

Second most famous case: "Amputated the leg in 2 1/2 minutes, but in his enthusiasm the patient's testicles as well" [12]

Liston's most famous case:

Amputated the leg in under 2 1/2 minutes (the patient died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene, they usually did in those pre-Listerian days). He amputated in addition the fingers of his young assistant (who died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene, they usually did in those pre-Listerian days). He also slashed through the coat tails of a distinguished surgical spectator, who was so terrified that the knife had pierced his vitals he dropped dead from fright. That was the only operation in history with a 300 per cent mortality

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Robert Liston was a pioneering Scottish surgeon, who received his education at the University of Edinburgh, became first 'The Great Northern Anatomist' of Blackwell's Magazine,[1] and in 1818 became a surgeon in The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.[2] [1] He lived from 1840-1847 (the year of his death)

Amazing what a 7 year old child can do!

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Surely allowing the BBC Economics editor anywhere near a scalpel was foolhardy?

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Robert Liston was a pioneering Scottish surgeon, who received his education at the University of Edinburgh, became first 'The Great Northern Anatomist' of Blackwell's Magazine,[1] and in 1818 became a surgeon in The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.[2] [1] He lived from 1840-1847 (the year of his death)

Amazing what a 7 year old child can do!

Or indeed as the original link states: "He lived from 1840-1847 (the year of his death) at No. 5 Clifford Street, off Bond Street in Mayfair,..."

Amazing what an 'out of context' quotation can do!

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