Jar of Linton Moist Gauze, Carbolated 1 yard

Maker
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, USA (estab. 1886)
Date
Circa 1915
Description
"Linton Moist Gauze, Carbolated 5%, Bi-Sterilized, Hermetically sealed one yard". Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Aseptic Laboratories New Brunswick NJ USA, No.117 Guarenteed under the food and drugs act June 30, 1906."
Amber glass jar sealed with paper seal "caution" and metal clip over lid. White, blue and red label. Embossing on jar Johnson & Johnson New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A. Carbolated gauze would later be described as "the greatest turn in the history of surgery".
Sir Joseph Lister, an English surgeon discovered that carbolic acid was a suitable disinfecting agent. He began soaking dressings in carbolic acid, creating the first ever antiseptic wound dressing. Together with Paul Hartmann Sr. they developed the cost-effective carbolated gauze that would later be described as "the greatest turn in the history of surgery".
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Object detail

Date
Medium
glass, paper, metal, gauze
Measurements
11 x 6.0 x 6.0 cm
Accession Number
MHM06931
Medical History Museum Category

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