December 16, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(25):1970-1971. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740500050015

One of the innovations of modern life is the widespread use of dry cleaning. This involves the employment of a variety of organic substances (in contrast with the familiar cleansing soap and water) that act as solvents of stains and detergents for dirt. A number of hazards may attend the use of the newer "dry cleaning solvents." Most of them are quite volatile and many present fire hazards because of their explosive or inflammable character. From this point of view the danger of burns, which already besets mankind in increasing degree, is additionally multiplied. A second possibility of harm lies in the effects of some of the cleanser solvents on the skin of the hands. This applies particularly to dry cleaning in the home, where the immersion of garments by hand into the cleanser is part of the usual routine of use. A further menace resides in the toxicity of

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