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September 17, 1910

Current Comment

JAMA. 1910;55(12):1030-1032. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330120052019

THE DISINFECTION OF THE HANDS OF TYPHOID CARRIERS  The well-known difficulty of cheeking completely and permanently the exeretion of typhoid bacilli from the bodies of "carriers" is leading to a search for other measures likely to avoid or lessen the danger to the community which is involved in the existence of these "walking germ-factories." Obvious measures are the probibition to them of certain occupations, and instruction in habits of personal cleanliness. The motive for the latter precaution is readily found in the high degree of peril to which the family and immediate associates of the carriers are exposed. Clear and emphatic descriptions of the consequences to family and friends likely to follow from neglect will in many cases lead to willing compliance with instructions. The most effective method of obtaining hand-disinfection is made the subject of a recent study by Gaehtgens,1

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