In August 1865, Dr. Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister applied a piece of lint dipped in carbolic acid solution onto the wound of an eleven-year-old boy at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, who had sustained a compound fracture after a cart wheel had passed over his leg. After four days, he renewed the pad and discovered that no infection had developed, and after a total of six weeks he was amazed to discover that the boy’s bones had fused back together, without the danger of suppuration.
In 1894, William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme introduced the first mass-produced carbolic soap to the market, Lifebuoy.
From a print ad offered on Amazon, Wright’s Antiseptic Myrrh Tooth Soap was for sale in 1885, possibly earlier and possibly later.
In 1885, cociane was a common pain reliever found in medicines, including teething drops for infants, toothache drops, coughs, female complaints (menstrual cramps), and patent medicines.
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