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October 23, 1926

INEFFICIENCY OF MOST OF THE COMMONLY USED SKIN ANTISEPTICS

Author Affiliations

ITHACA, N. Y.

JAMA. 1926;87(17):1347-1351. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680170001001
Abstract

The antiseptics, judged by their influence in preserving life and health, may fairly be considered among our most important therapeutic agents. Practitioners in all branches of medicine, from those engaged in medical diagnostic puncture and hypodermic therapy to obstetricians and specialists, use skin antiseptics in one form or another. Yet there has been no important advance in skin preparation methods by the profession of this country in more than fifteen years. This statement is based on definite information: replies to a questionnaire sent to representative surgeons show that more than 70 per cent depend on the iodine method essentially as introduced by Grossich, 1 and most of the remainder depend on methods equally unreliable in the presence of certain resistant, spore-forming bacteria. An attempt was made fifteen years ago to show the inefficiency of the iodine methods and the fallacies involved in their use.2 The results of some of

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