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January 23, 1892

A SKETCH OF MR. LAWSON TAIT AND HIS WORK.

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OF CHICAGO, ILL., PROFESSOR OF GYNECOLOGY IN CHICAGO POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL SCHOOL.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(4):99-103. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411080009001d

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Abstract

(Continued from page 79.)

From 1878 to 1881, Mr. Tait gave what is called Listerism a three years' trial. The brilliant achievements of Keith at this time were attained under Listerism. It must be understood that then Listerism included the spray. In those days, it did not mean merely cleanliness, but the overshadowing ideas were chemical lotions and the spray. That form of Listerism which included the spray and chemical lotions, he gave a three years' trial, and abandoned it. Mr. Tait said, at the time, he thoroughly tried it for the reason that, if a surgeon lost patients without using the system, he might be condemned by his colleagues. The puritanic idea of Listerism, twelve years ago, was that there were poisonous germs everywhere, and the only way to practice the new surgery of antiseptics, was to cut off every avenue by which the germs could gain access to

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