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November 19, 1910

Chinosol—A Correction

JAMA. 1910;55(21):1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330210056021

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To the Editor:—  In an article by Dr. Wilbur E. Post and myself on "The Comparative Efficiency of Some Common Germicides" which appeared in The Journal, Nov. 5, 1910, the value of chinosol as a germicide was the subject of criticism. Since the publication of the article, my attention has been called to the fact that chinosol is no longer advertised as a germicide nor has it been since the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry proved to the satisfaction of its manufacturer that, while it possessed antiseptic powers, its germicidal action was practically nil. Our criticisms of this preparation, therefore, were without foundation. Chinosol was examined by us because at the time our experiments were made this product was advertised and sold as a germicide. In publishing the results of our work reference to chinosol should, of course, have been omitted.

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