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September 11, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(11):899-900. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780370065034

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As the problems of disinfection of the skin are always interesting to surgeons and bacteriologists, this new book is timely. An expansion of the author's prize-winning dissertation in clinical medicine at the University of Copenhagen in 1935, the volume contains the reports of the results of 1,729 cultures from the skin of the hands and arms of interns, nursing sisters, physicians and patients before and after the application of various disinfectants in the obstetric service of the government's hospital at Copenhagen. In addition to a general introduction, it includes ninety-six tables (one for each person examined) and a bibliography. There are short chapters on the localization of bacteria in the skin and the bactericidal (self-sterilizing) power of the skin, methods for the collection of bacteria from the skin, the question of chemical neutralization of disinfectants, the methods and procedures used by the author, the results and conclusions, and a final

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