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August 19, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(8):285. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420600035010

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We give in this issue the full text of the circular regarding the use of disinfectants just issued by the Surgeon General of the Army for the instruction of lis medical officers. This must be accepted as an ex cathedrâ utterance, as it is to the work of Surgeon General Sternberg as chairman of the Committee on Disinfectants of the American Public Health Association that the profession owes its present advanced knowledge on this subject.

His instructions will therefore receive merited attention from the medical profession, and particularly from municipal and other health officers. He insists on the needlessness of using disinfectants when there is no infectious material to be disinfected, and suggests that even the use of antiseptics and deodorants implies somewhat of a reproach as indicating a neglect of cleanliness and strict sanitary police. Another of the points on which he lays special stress is the unnecessary call

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