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April 5, 1890

Some Ill Effects of Disinfection with Sulphur.

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U. S. Marine-Hospital Service.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(14):518. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410140034011

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To the Editor:  —In your editorial in The Journal of Feb. 8, 1890, entitled, " Correct Official Instructions as to Disinfection with Sulphur," you say: "there may possibly result from it some bleaching of colored articles..... when the sulphur dioxide comes in contact with wetted goods and there may be some minor damage beside."This statement is eminently correct, and while such damage is not considered as weighing against the disinfection, where necessary; it is well to know that sulphur burnt in the presence of moisture may have the following undesirable effects:It injures the colors of many woolen goods, being especially hard on greens and bright reds— a red flannel shirt, for instance, always comes out yellow, sometimes the color is not affected; the dark blues are generally absolutely uninjured, but not rarely turned a reddish brown. The same color of course may be from very different dyes and thus

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