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September 29, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(12):379. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390120027009

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Falls City, Neb., Sept. 23, 1883.

N. S. Davis, M.D.

I notice that in The Journal of August 18, 1883, Dr. Bénj. F. Bache is given the credit of first using heat as a disinfectant. If my memory serves me correctly, Dr. Henry, of Manchester, England, in 1824, used it to destroy the contagious property of smallpox, vaccine virus, typhus and scarlet fever; and in 1851, Dr. Van Busch, of Berlin, made a trial of the same agent in a large lying-in hospital, in the wards of which puerperal fever had been very destructive, and obtained most favorable results.

Did Dr. Bache's experiment occur before the above dates? Very respectfully,

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