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To the Editor of the Journal:
—Permit me in this day of "catheter fever" to offer to your readers my mode of disinfecting catheters. Dr. Alexander Skene says that when he cut into his catheters which had lain several days in a strong solution of carbolic acid, they still contained micrococci underneath the incrustation. Taking a hint from that, I now pass through the catheter a saturated solution of iodoform in ether. The ether penetrates the incrustation, carries with it the iodoform, and performs its function where liquid could not enter. Yours truly,
Shoemaker WP. DISINFECTION OF CATHETERS.. JAMA. 1886;VI(10):279. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250030027016