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The first absorbent cotton wool and gauze surgical dressing

16/09/14 | Articles, Education, Products | Edward White

Prior to the acceptance of germ theory, brought about by Joseph Lister (1867) and Louis Pasteur (1880), physicians were con-tent to reuse rags, wadding and bandaging in the interests of saving costs. “One of the most accept-able presents for a hospital was a bundle of old rags,” quotes William John Bishop in his book A History of Surgical Dressings (1959).