Wine glass possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister

1860-1877 in United Kingdom

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Wine glass, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister

Glassware of the type that fills laboratories today was rare in Joseph Lister’s time (1827-1912). Lister would have used glassware from his kitchen for his microbiological experiments on blood and urine. In the 1870s, he found that samples of blood and urine stored in uncovered glasses decomposed. He concluded that something in the air caused decomposition, rather than the air alone.

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wine glass
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drinking vessel
  • drinking glass
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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