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Liston,

Robert, English surgeon, 1794-1847.
Liston bone-cutting forceps
Liston knives - long-bladed knives of various sizes used in amputations.
Liston shears - strong shears for cutting plaster of Paris bandages.
Liston splint - a long splint extending from the axilla to the sole of the foot.
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Robert Liston killed three during just one operation; the patient and one of his assistants whose fingers were accidentally amputated (both contracted hospital gangrene) and a spectator who dropped dead from fright when Liston's knife cut through his coat tails.
1846: Robert Liston used anaesthetic (ether) for the first time in a British operation at University College Hospital, London, to perform an amputation of a leg.
| 1794: Robert Liston, Scottish physician who carried out the first operation with the aid of an anaesthetic in Britain, was born in Linlithgow.
Summary: Medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris is obsessed with mortality -- and her new book examines the work of early surgeons, including Robert Liston, the 'fastest knife in the West End'
TODAY FOREFATHERS'' MASSACHUSETTS 1846: Robert Liston used anaesthetic (ether) for the first time in a British operation at University College Hospital, London, to perform an amputation of a leg.
Robert Liston, of University College Hospital, London, popularised 'Liston's long splint' - it was nothing more than a well padded length of wooden plank!
By the mid-18th century, the most famous surgeon in Britain was Linlithgow-born Robert Liston, whose amputations were public spectacles.
In 1847, the famous English surgeon Robert Liston was to exclaim after an ether demonstration: "Well, gentlemen, this Yankee dodge sure beats mesmerism hollow!" By the European summer of 1847, this Yankee dodge had encircled the world.
Women discussed are Lady Robert Liston, Lucie Duff Gordon, Emmeline Lott, Isabella Bird, Amelia Edwards, Princess Caroline, Lady Craven, Miss Muir Mackenzie and Miss Irby, Margaret Benson, Presbyterian missionary women, and archaeologists' wives.
FOR Dr Robert Liston's operating theatre patients, infection was the least of their worries.
Also On This Day: 1620: The Pilgrim Fatherslanded at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, North America in the Mayflower; 1846: Robert Liston became the first person in Briton to make use of anaesthetics, during an amputation of a leg at University College Hospital, London; 1935: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the first ever full-length, full-colour animated cartoon, was premiered by Walt Disney; 1969: The first flight of man around the moon took place when Apollo 8 was launched.
This is so even when a wife's letters about her husband are the sole and revealing source of most that we know about him: as with Robert Liston, Britain's second ambassador to the United States, whose wife, Henrietta, wrote more revealing letters than her husband.