Life in college Joseph Lister, entered the University of London, one of the few universities that admitted the Quakers at the time. Studied art initially, but with 25 he entered the Royal University of surgery. His Work By March 1867, surgeon Joseph Lister had the bright idea to combine the successful proposal Semmelweis with the newly acquired knowledge of Louis Pasteur. Lister published in The Lancet an article proposing a bacterial infection in wounds and methods to combat it: the use of phenol as an antiseptic for washing instruments, hand surgeons and open wounds. The effect was spectacular surgical procedures that were previously sentenced to almost certain death from infection became routine. In 1869 he invented the carbolic spray gas. But Lister was not easy for the scientific community because of its weather was injured in his knowledge and fiercely attacked Lister. But the results were conclusive.The risk of dying after surgery decreased dramatically. In 1870 the antiseptic methods devised by Lister were widely used during the Franco-Prussian war saving the lives of thousands of Prussian soldiers. In 1878, Robert Koch discovered the tubercle bacillus, demonstrate the utility of expanding the use of hygiene and sterilization in the clothing and surgical instruments. Lister’s contribution was vast and varied. Other major developments in the history of surgery was the invention of catgut, an event overshadowed by the larger contributions. Joseph Lister was the discoverer and first used as catgut sutures. It was Reliz filaments with sheets of intestinal serous membrane of cat. Advantage, being protein, were digested by the body and reabsorbed. The first time you used that a mastectomy was performed Edimbugo to his sister.In 1883, for his contribution to science, was named Baron (equivalent to Knight) and in 1897 he was awarded the title of Baron of Lyme Regis. Lister was one of the top 12 in history to receive the Order of Merit, awarded in 1902.