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Dr. Frederick Barnett Kilmer

antiseptic wound treatmentDr. Fredercik Barnett KilmerFrederick Barnett Kilmer (1851-1934), a physician and analytical chemist, was the Director of Scientific Affairs for the Johnson & Johnson company from 1889 to 1934. As a pioneer in spreading the knowledge of antiseptic methods for treating wounds, his booklet, Modern Methods of Antiseptic Wound Treatment (1888) was a ground-breaking summary of doctors and surgeons' latest views on caring for wounds.

Dr. Kilmer was also responsible for creating Johnson?s Baby Powder. In the early days of the company, Johnson & Johnson made medicated plasters that delivered medicine through the skin. The plasters could be irritating when removed. Dr. Kilmer suggested sending customers a small container of Italian talc to soothe their skin. Satisfied customers soon discovered the powder also soothed their babies? bottoms, and in 1893 the company sold the first tins of the famous baby powder.

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