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To the Editor:
—I have been interested in the references of one or two of your correspondents to the clinical thermometer (The Journal, Oct. 21, 1911, p. 1357; June 8, 1012, p. 1756, and July 6, 1912, p. 52). It is a small instrument, but how very important! I believe it is a pardonable offense if a physician appears overfastidious in the presence of his patient in regard to the cleaning of his thermometer. We revolt at using a spoon or knife and fork that is not absolutely clean; how much more so when it comes to taking into our mouths a thermometer which we know has been the rounds of people suffering from various diseases! A thermometer case, which suspended by its chain, is always upright, is very convenient, I have found. Into it I pour once a week a few drops of a dilute formaldehyd solution. This together
Dempster JH. An Antiseptic Thermometer Case. JAMA. 1912;LIX(5):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080068030