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An 1868 surgery kit, part of Harvard's Warren Anatomical Museum. (Warren Anatomical Museum)

Highlights From the Warren Anatomical Museum

The collections inside this museum hold intriguing objects that tell the story of 19th century American medicine

Brass carbolic acid atomizer for antiseptic surgery, mid-to-late 19th century

Brass carbolic acid atomizer for antiseptic surgery, mid-to-late 19th century
(Warren Anatomical Museum)

Made by the Matthews Brothers of London, this device is another relic from the early days of sterilization. Invented by English scientist Joseph Lister (for whom Listerine is named), the carbolic acid atomizer was used to sterilize surgical equipment. Lister found that this technique dramatically reduced the chances of infection.

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