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September 7, 1912


Author Affiliations

Berkeley, Cal.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(10):797. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090041014

In a recent issue of The Journal,1 I saw an account of a thermometer case which provided a plug of cotton saturated with formaldehyd solution. For those who wish to supplement washing, with entire submergence in an antiseptic solution of the area formerly in the mouth of the patient, I offer the following:

The case is a common ignition tube of heavy glass, 1 cm. in diameter and 11 cm. in length. The end of the thermometer is thrust into a soft-rubber cork, and a fountain-pen carrying clip slipped over the outside of the tube. For solution I use 50 per cent. alcohol.

The entire case is no larger than a fountain pen, is quicker than the screw and chain case to put in action, bathes the entire length of the thermometer, does not leak or have an objectionable odor and is immensely appreciated by patients.