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December 10, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(24):765-766. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400230029011

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Dear Sir:  —The article of Dr. French on the "Chief Source of Danger in the Use of the Uterine Sound," in the August 27th issue of The Journal, is timely and valuable; yet I cannot let the occasion pass without criticising one point. Fritsch is quoted as saying: "Always before introducing the uterine sound, dip it into a 5 per cent. solution of carbolic acid, even though properly cleaned directly after its previous use."I do not claim that the single dipping of a sound into a 5 per cent. solution of carbolic acid may not prevent septic infection, but from my observation of the manner in which the common gynecological outfit is kept, I can safely assert that either a grinding or polishing would be necessary to remove the incrusted dirt from many sounds. As a matter of fact, the method of Fritsch is entirely inefficient as an antiseptic

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