Carbon tetrachloride has many uses at the present time. Many years go it was tried as an anesthetic in place of chloroform but it was too toxic because of the high chlorine content. More recently it has been given as a remedy in hookworm and other intestinal parasitic diseases. It is at the present day used by the veterinary profession in treatment of canines. Perhaps the most frequent commercial uses of carbon tetrachloride today are the following:
As a solvent in the rubber industry.
As a cleansing agent in the dry cleaning industry.
As a solvent in the chemical and drug industry.
As an occluding and nonoxidizing agent in fire extinguishers.
As a solvent in the paint industry.
As an anthelmintic for parasites in the practice of medicine.
In machine shops for the removal of grease in combination with benzine in order to
DAVIS PA. CARBON TETRACHLORIDE AS AN INDUSTRIAL HAZARD. JAMA. 1934;103(13):962-966. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750390006003