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July 27, 1918

Lord Lister.

JAMA. 1918;71(4):302. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600300066022

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If there is one name in the annals of medicine that towers above all others, it is that of Lister. This is especially true if the judgment is made on the basis of work resulting in the greatest benefit to humanity. Certainly the work of no other man, in medicine at least, has proved so epoch-making. The life of such a man is worth knowing, and Sir Rickman God-lee is to be congratulated on his successful presentation of this biography. It is more a review, step by step, of the work, than of the life, of the man: in a man of such accomplishments his work is his life. If any one had the impression that Lister's achievements were the result of chance or accident, that impression would be quickly removed on reading this biography, for it is clearly shown that Lister's final results were founded on hard research work

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