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Falls City, Neb., Sept. 23, 1883.
N. S. Davis, M.D.
I notice that in The Journal of August 18, 1883, Dr. Bénj. F. Bache is given the credit of first using heat as a disinfectant. If my memory serves me correctly, Dr. Henry, of Manchester, England, in 1824, used it to destroy the contagious property of smallpox, vaccine virus, typhus and scarlet fever; and in 1851, Dr. Van Busch, of Berlin, made a trial of the same agent in a large lying-in hospital, in the wards of which puerperal fever had been very destructive, and obtained most favorable results.
Did Dr. Bache's experiment occur before the above dates? Very respectfully,
Fridenberg EL. DOMESTIC CORRESPONDENCE.. JAMA. 1883;I(12):379. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390120027009