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July 13, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LIX(2):97-100. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070098006

Have we, as practitioners of an important specialty of the healing art, a proper sense of asepsis? If a just opinion can be formed from observing the clinical teaching in our dental colleges, the methods employed in the offices of nearly all classes of dental practitioners and the demonstrations at the clinics of our slate and national societies, then we must admit that we fall far short of a proper sense of asepsis.

What is asepsis? Asepsis from the surgical standpoint is that condition, maintained during the operation or treatment and the after process of healing or cure, which is the result of any process or method rendering the tissues to be operated on, the hands of the operators, the instruments, dressings, fluids, medicaments and ligatures, which come in contact with them, germ-free, and maintaining this condition during the operation or treatment and the after-process of healing or [ill]


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