Barnes formed the firm of Barnes & Hille, selling the product Argyrol
, an antiseptic silver compound?
By 1917, prophylactic packets, containing calomel ointment to apply to the genitals, a tube of argyrol
to apply to the urethra after sexual intercourse and the occasional condom, were given to soldiers in an attempt to prevent the development of gonorrhoea after sexual exposure.
Having decided that surgery was not for him, he went into the pharmaceutical business with a German partner and made a fortune from Argyrol
, a product that cures gonorrhea.
Barnes, born in Philadelphia in 1872, developed a silver compound called Argyrol
for inflammation of the eyes, nasal passages and genito-urinary tract.
The organisation is, however, surely being coy in describing Argyrol
, an antiseptic compound from which its founder derived his immense fortune, as being used 'in the prevention of infant blindness' when the drug's primary purpose was to treat gonorrhoea.