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Ticket for a pharmacy & dietetics lecture

Ticket for a pharmacy & dietetics lecture

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Evan.4367

Item number: 4367

Genre: Ticket

The bearer of this ticket for a lecture at the University of Edinburgh was Robert Liston, an eminent surgeon in 1840s London, reputed to be the fastest of his time.

He once removed a 44-pound tumour from the leg of a patient in just four minutes. His legendary haste also saw him perform a disastrous amputation: not only did the patient die, but so did his assistant (whose fingers were accidentally chopped off), as well as a spectator who died of fright. Despite this incident Liston was very well respected. Indeed, he was the first general surgeon to use ether as an anaesthetic.

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