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December 15, 1956

Principles and Methods of Sterilization

JAMA. 1956;162(16):1507. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970330079038

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This volume was written to help persons who are responsible for sterilization in hospitals, but it could serve as a general guide for sterilization techniques. It integrates basic principles with practical methods for sterilization of materials. The principles and methods discussed, however, will also be of interest to physicians and surgeons, clinical instructors, pathologists, bacteriologists, and laboratory technicians. The first chapters contain a brief historical introduction and much of the basic material on sterilization and on the equipment used. Subsequent chapters deal with the practical aspects of sterilizing dressings, dry goods, rubber goods, surgical instruments, syringes, and needles. Various methods of disinfection and sterilization and their limitations are discussed, including the use of steam, dry heat, boiling water, chemicals, and gases. In other chapters are discussions on control techniques, central supply departments for hospitals, and preparation of parenteral solutions and infant formulas. References are included at the end of each

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