Lister's legacy

Carbolic spray

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Quentin Cooper and Professor Hugh Pennington discuss the changes brought about by Joseph Lister and his battle against hospital-acquired infection.

The mystery object revealed during the event was a metal antiseptic (carbolic) spray, with a pottery handle and glass nozzle, with its own wooden box.

This object is from the Wellcome Collection at the Science Museum, reference number A56263.

This event was recorded live at Wellcome Collection on 20 July 2011.

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