Seabury's Improved Corn Plaster

Corn treatment containing Cannabis. A product of the Seabury & Johnson Company of New York, precursor of Johnson & Johnson Co.

" In 1873, Robert Wood Johnson formed a medical products business with George Seabury, called Seabury & Johnson. The relationship between the partners was not always calm, and apparently it wasn’t improved when Seabury, in a business meeting, successfully recommended hiring his younger brother. This caused Johnson to hire his own younger brothers: Edward in 1876 and James in 1878. Since Robert Wood Johnson had a total of five brothers, Seabury was worried that he potentially could end up employing all of them if he didn’t put his foot down. In 1876 Robert Wood Johnson saw eminent British surgeon Sir Joseph Lister speak about antiseptic surgery, and he got the idea to start a business producing the first-ever sterile surgical dressings, an idea that became more and more attractive as disagreements with Seabury escalated...

Early in 1886, Robert’s younger brothers, having left Seabury & Johnson, formed a new company – Johnson & Johnson — based on the idea of manufacturing sterile surgical dressings. Edward Mead Johnson’s abilities were in advertising and sales. Youngest brother James Wood Johnson was a gifted engineer, good at designing and building new production machinery, a skill he had honed at Seabury & Johnson. Once Robert was free of his obligations to Seabury & Johnson, he joined the new firm, bringing his business talents, capital, and the force of his personality to get the new company off the ground. "

- Courtesy of Kilmer House .

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