Today's Trivia Tuesday concerns a pioneering Scottish surgeon, Robert Liston.
Liston was a great, forward thinking man, whose skill, especially in the area of amputation was much revered. He worked in a time before anesthesia so his fast limb removals were much appreciated by his suffering patients.
Liston is still remembered for his good work but maybe more so for his mistakes. As it turns out, speed and accuracy don't always go hand in hand.
His most infamous case occurred when he managed to amputate a leg in under three minutes. Unfortunately in those three minutes he also managed to amputate two of his assistants fingers and slash the clothing of a bystander, who in turn died of fright. The patient and the assistant also died soon after of infection.
Not the most successful of procedures then...