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February 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):580-583. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510350030002


General Introduction to the Subject of Disinfectants and Antiseptics.  The important subject of antisepsis embraces so many different agents that are used in such a variety of conditions that any convenient consideration of them according to their uses, or according to the principles that are involved, must necessarily be an arbitrary one. For our purpose we shall consider them under three heads: (1) General disinfectants and antiseptics; (2) local disinfectants and antiseptics, and (3) internal antiseptics. Some substances will require consideration under all three headings, but even this will be found preferable to giving, for example, all of the manifold uses of such an article of mercuric chlorid in one place.Antiseptics were used long before the causes of fermentation or of putrefaction were known, and it would have been remarkable indeed had man failed to perceive the effect of those substances which are capable of inhibiting a

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