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The death rate following surgeries was extraordinarily high. The applicable phrase could well have been: “The operation was a success, but the patient died.” At the time, patients usually died of infection that followed surgery rather than as a direct result of surgical procedures.
Then one man began to share his “revolutionary ideas” with the medical community. He urged surgeons simply to wash their hands before an operation and to use sterilized instruments. At first, fellow surgeons mocked and ridiculed Joseph Lister. They did not understand how cleanliness could have a direct effect on the success of their operations. However, as Dr. Lister began to have greater success in the surgeries he performed, others eventually began to adopt his techniques, and the post-surgery mortality rate was greatly reduced.