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.
On The Table With One of History’s Most Infamous Surgeons
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.
A very stylish outfit, I love it. Beautifully co-ordinated. The blue edging to the shawl and dress are lovely. Henrietta Marchant Liston (Mrs. Robert Liston), 1800, by Stuart, Gilbert (painter, American, 1755-1828). National Gallery of Art. 1960.12.1