In the mid-19th century, Dr. Robert Liston was known for his super-fast amputations, garnering the sobriquet "the fastest knife in the West." One time, while performing an amputation in a room full of spectators, he amputated a patient's leg so fast that he accidentally chopped his assistant's fingers. In between changing equipment, he accidentally slashed a spectator's coat. The patient and the assistant both died after their wounds got infected, and the spectator, fearing he had been…

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In the mid-19th century, Dr. Robert Liston was known for his super-fast amputations, garnering the sobriquet "the fastest knife in the West." One time, while performing an amputation in a room full of spectators, he amputated a patient's leg so fast that he accidentally chopped his assistant's fingers. In between changing equipment, he accidentally slashed a spectator's coat. The patient and the assistant both died after their wounds got infected, and the spectator, fearing he had been…

Robert Liston (28 October 1794 – 7 December 1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon, and the son of the Scottish minister and inventor Henry Liston, whose father was also a Robert Liston, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  Liston was noted for his skill and speed in an era prior to anaesthetics, when speed made a difference in terms of pain and survival.

Robert Liston Robert Liston was an nineteenth century pioneering Scottish surgeon who, in one surgery, achieved a mortality rate. Liston was famous for the speed with which he was able to carry.

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imagine you get your leg amputated. it's been a day or so and you're in recovery. the surgeons come in and say, very embarrassed, 'we amputated the wrong leg.

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.

Scottish surgeon pioneered amputation prior to anesthetics—amputated leg in record 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), in case anyone is wondering. This is true. He amputated a leg so fast that he removed the patients testicles in his enthusiasm as well.

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Dr. Robert Liston (1794-1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon who was noted for his skill and speed in an era before anaesthetics, Only 1 in 10 of Listons patients died and he was once timed whislt performing a leg amputation, from the first incision to the final cutting of the suture threads it only took 2 1/2 minutes.

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​The Legend Of The Surgery With The 300% Mortality Rate - Robert Liston was a competent surgeon who contributed significantly to medicine as a science. Then he had the misfortune to have one seriously bad day, and became a legend in the medical community.

​The Legend Of The Surgery With The 300% Mortality Rate

A painting depicting one of the first British operations carried out with anaesthesia by pioneering Scottish surgeon Robert Liston. He operated with a knife gripped between his teeth, and could amputate a leg in under three minutes.

Robert Liston performed a operation with a 300% mortality rate

Robert Liston performed a operation with a 300% mortality rate

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Robert Liston performed the only operation with a 300% mortality rate; His patient, his assistant and a spectator died

Robert Liston performed the only operation with a mortality rate; His patient, his assistant and a spectator died

Robert Liston, The Dangerous World of Spies and Spying, New York, Platt and Munk, 1967, HB, 274p., DJ=VG, book=E. Liston presents a narrative that describes international spying during the height of the cold war period. In a book seemingly targeted at young readers, Liston tells many of the most famous spy stories, introduces us to the world's spy agencies and talks about defectors, spy gadgets and double agents.

Robert Liston, The Dangerous World of Spies and Spying, New York, Platt and Munk, 1967, HB, 274p., DJ=VG, book=E. Liston presents a narrative that describes international spying during the height of the cold war period. In a book seemingly targeted at young readers, Liston tells many of the most famous spy stories, introduces us to the world's spy agencies and talks about defectors, spy gadgets and double agents.

Objects of Intrigue: Amputation Knives Used by Robert Liston  (1794-1897)  The go-to surgery tools of "the fastest knife in the West End"  Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland, via Atlas Obscura

Objects of Intrigue: Amputation Knives Used by Robert Liston The go-to surgery tools of "the fastest knife in the West End" Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland, via Atlas Obscura

Robert Liston was born on October 28th, 1794, in Ecclesmachan Scotland, to Henry Liston, a Scottish clergyman, and inventor. He was named after his grandfa

Robert Liston was born on October in Ecclesmachan Scotland, to Henry Liston, a Scottish clergyman, and inventor. He was named after his grandfa

Robert Liston (1794-1847) – De chirurg die drie mensen doodde tijdens één operatie.  De snelste chirurg van de negentiende eeuw  Robert Liston, 1847 portret door Samuel John Stump

Robert Liston (1794-1847) – De chirurg die drie mensen doodde tijdens één operatie. De snelste chirurg van de negentiende eeuw Robert Liston, 1847 portret door Samuel John Stump

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