Global Women's Health Academy

Don't Hesitate...Amputate! The Surgical Legacy of Robert Liston

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Join us as we recall the high-speed surgical antics of 19th century Scottish surgeon Dr. Robert Liston, dubbed "The Fastest Knife in the West End."

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    When it came to the art of amputation, few mastered this practice better than Dr. Robert Liston. Known as "The Fastest Knife in the West End," Liston was reputed to have been able to complete operations in mere seconds. Unfortunately, the recipients of these surgical flurries generally died minutes to hours later…but at least they caught a heck of a show!

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