The history of Lister’s introduction of the antiseptic system is recalled and the circumstances surrounding the original use of carbolic acid for wound treatment, which took place in the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, on August 12, 1865, are reviewed. The fact that wound sepsis is still prevalent is emphasized, and recent researches on bacterial inhibition under hyperbaric oxygen are described.

ILLINGWORTH, , , , , , , , (1964). THE LISTER LECTURE, 1964: WOUND SEPSIS-FROM CARBOLIC ACID TO HYPERBARIC OXYGEN. Canadian Medical Association journal, 1964 Nov;91():1041-5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14214226