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. 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.
On The Table With One of History’s Most Infamous Surgeons
[Robert Liston, the only surgeon in history to have performed an operation with a 300% mortality rate. The legendary case in question went down like this. In addition to amputating the patient’s leg at the hip, he accidentally severed his assistant’s fingers and managed to cut through an audience member’s coat.The patient and assistant died from infection and the man in the audience from a heart attack. Liston had not actually injured him, but the scene caused him to collapse and die of…