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In the University Medical Magazine for August, 1896, I described "A Compact Portable Sterilizer for Surgical Instruments and Dressings." The use of this sterilizer for some months has led to alterations and improvements which make it much more satisfactory than the original instrument. The illustration shows its present form when set up for use, as well as when ready for packing.
For practical sterilization this instrument has given perfect satisfaction; it is light, portable in small space, yet when fully extended, ample for all instruments, dressings, towels, operating coats, etc., one needs in ordinary operative work.
The instruments are boiled in a soda solution (1 per cent.) in the lower pan, the steam rising through the perforated bottom of the second pan to sterilize the dressings which have been placed in it. The top section has no bottom, being simply a collar for increasing the size of the steam chamber
WETHERILL HG. AN IMPROVED PORTABLE STERILIZER FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND DRESSINGS.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(18):856. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440180030019