Joseph Lister

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Photograph of Joseph Lister
Joseph Lister was known by many as the Father of Modern Antisepsis.

The discovery of the role of airborne bacteria in fermentation by Louis Pasteur, was used by Lister in the prevention of infection in surgery. He started using carboxylic as an antiseptic to kill airborne bacteria and prevent their transmission into wounds. This significantly reduced the death rates caused by infection. Listerine was also named after him due to his contribution towards antisepsis.

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