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Adhesive History Lesson: Who Invented the First Adhesive Bandage?

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 28, 2016

We’re quick to apply an adhesive bandage to minor wounds, but have you ever wondered who invented these handy little medical devices? Before 1920, the only way to dress a minor wound was with a bulky gauze bandage secured with tape, and that made for a bulky bandage that restricted movement.  A cotton buyer for Johnson & Johnson and his accident-prone wife were about to change that forever!

 

Josephine Dickson regularly sustained minor cuts and burns while doing housework. To help her, her husband, Earle Dickson, made some ready-to-use bandages by spacing squares of gauze covered with crinoline fabric on a strip of adhesive tape. He told his boss about his clever little plan, and by 1924, Johnson & Johnson introduced the Band-Aid® Brand Adhesive Bandage.  Dickson’s innovativeness didn’t go unrewarded; he became Vice President of the company and remained in this position until he retired.


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