The author has used Sir Rickman Godlec's biography of Lister as his prime source in reconstructing the achievements of the ""master surgeon"". Since little material is available on Lister's early years, heavy concentration lies on his work in Glasgow and Edinburgh and the evolution of his germ philosophy. Like all medical innovations, Lister's theories met with bitter opposition until the antiseptic treatment of wounds was finally adopted on a widespread basis. His success as a surgeon and teacher did not deter him from his research activities nor lessen his scientific curiosity. Laurence Farmer employs straight exposition, not fiction, to recall the achievements that placed Lister on the roster of greats in his field. Aspiring pre-medical students will be interested in the experiments included here and in the scientific approach.