Opposition to Lister's Ideas

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    • Microbes could not be seen without a microscope so some doctors did not accept that microbes caused infection.
    • Lister himself kept changing his methods in an attempt to further improve his work - many doctors thought this meant he was not sure of his ideas,
    • The equipment was expensive and heavy.
    • The nurses resented the extra work caused by this emphasis on hygiene.
    • Using carbolic solutions slowed down the whole operation, which could lead to problems of blood loss.
    • Surgeons and patients alike disliked carbolic acid as it it burnt their skin and the spray irritated the patient's lungs.




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