TIL in 1847 Robert Liston amputated a mans leg in under 2.5 minutes operaterating so quickly he amputated the fingers of his assistant as well. Both later died from gangrene and a spectator reportedly dropped dead from fright making it the only known operation with a 300% mortality rate.

TIL in 1847 Robert Liston amputated a mans leg in under 2.5 minutes operaterating so quickly he amputated the fingers of his assistant as well. Both later died from gangrene and a spectator reportedly dropped dead from fright making it the only known operation with a 300% mortality rate.

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Gilbert Stuart  Henrietta Marchant Liston (Mrs. Robert Liston), 1800  Chester Dale Collection  1960.12.1

Gilbert Stuart Henrietta Marchant Liston (Mrs. Robert Liston), 1800 Chester Dale Collection 1960.12.1

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So weird, funny thing to show Aidan. Robert Liston (relative) amputated a Churchill (relative).

So weird, funny thing to show Aidan. Robert Liston (relative) amputated a Churchill (relative).

Robert Liston. 1794-1847. Scottish surgeon pioneered amputation prior to anesthetics—amputated leg in record 2.5 minutes! "Fastest knife in the West End". In his fury he sliced off an assistant's fingers, a patient's testicles, etc.

Robert Liston. 1794-1847. Scottish surgeon pioneered amputation prior to anesthetics—amputated leg in record 2.5 minutes! "Fastest knife in the West End". In his fury he sliced off an assistant's fingers, a patient's testicles, etc.

Robert Liston - On The Table With One of History’s Most Infamous Surgeons - Robert Liston - 300% mortality rate

Robert Liston - On The Table With One of History’s Most Infamous Surgeons - Robert Liston - 300% mortality rate

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