Kerosene lamp

The situation changed when a Jew came to Łukasiewicz's pharmacy and offered to sell him a bottle of oil coming from the area of Borysław, where peasants collected it from hollows and ponds.

The peasants used it to treat fasciolosis (a parasitic disease caused by the liver fluke - Fasciola hepatica). The pharmacy began to buy oil from Ukrainian peasants and sold the purified oil as medicine at a price competitive with Italian oil. The pharmacists (Mikolasch, Zeh and Łukasiewicz) formed a company with a capital of 2500 guilders, for which they bought several thousand pots of oil and began distilling it. Unfortunately, the local pharmacies were not interested in their raw material, as they preferred the Italian specification.

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