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June 27, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(26):917-918. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410780017002

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Mr. Wynter Blyth has lately addressed the Society of Medical officers of Health of England, regarding the latest improvements in disinfection. He finds that the basis of the scientific use of disinfectants is changing year by year as our knowledge of disease causation advances. At the beginning of the last decade, when the first results began to be revealed as to the relation of microörganisms to disease, it was the general inference that pathogenic microbes, or those concerned in the propagation of diseases of an infectious character, were almost wholly those of the sporogenic type, and that since the spores of all such organisms are possessed of a high degree of inherent vitality, no so-called process of disinfection could be considered adequate and thoroughly efficient which did not have the power of destroying the vitality of the spores of the bacillus anthracis, the most resistant of them all. More recently,

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