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September 22, 1906

DISINFECTION.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(12):940-941. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520120036004
Abstract

Dr. Chapin's paper on disinfection1 is of the kind that may do much good because it is likely to lead physicians to review critically their own ideas, convictions and practices anent disinfection. Judging from some of the remarks in the discussion of the paper, the word disinfection, as used by Dr. Chapin, seems liable to be interpreted wrongly. It is absolutely necessary in discussing this paper to bear in mind that the disinfection dealt with by its author is that "which is commonly carried out by health officials after death or recovery from contagious diseases." It is the routine practice of this sort of disinfection that Dr. Chapin attacks. As to cleanliness and other disinfective measures during the course of a contagious disease, Dr. Chapin appears to hold only the most orthodox views; and he emphasizes the far greater value of continuous cleansing, in the real meaning of the

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