Protecting wood and killing germs: ‘Burnett's Liquid’ and the origins of the preservative and disinfectant industries in early Victorian Britain

@article{McLean2010ProtectingWA,
  title={Protecting wood and killing germs: ‘Burnett's Liquid’ and the origins of the preservative and disinfectant industries in early Victorian Britain},
  author={David McLean},
  journal={Business History},
  year={2010},
  volume={52},
  pages={285 - 305}
}
  • D. McLean
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Business
  • Business History
Discovering chemicals as disinfectants and for timber preservation offered profitable opportunities in the early nineteenth century. After 1839 Sir William Burnett promoted his pioneering patent for zinc chloride – attempting to persuade both fellow medical practitioners and the Admiralty of its widespread uses. Trials in the navy, among migrants to Canada in 1847–48, and during Britain's 1849 cholera epidemic were all intended to demonstrate the ability of his product to contain disease, while… 
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