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…
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.
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, 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.