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September 4, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(10):879-880. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580100043016

In seeking suitable means of defense against epidemic diseases, the practices of sanitarians have been modified from time to time in accord with the dictates of the newest contributions of the science of hygiene. The development of the art of disinfection, so as to render infectious or contagious matter innocuous, promptly led to a widespread employment of procedures intended to accomplish the desired result. Fumigation is probably the most familiar of all the methods which have received extensive recognition, though it is by no means the only one or even always the most efficient process. Heat and antiseptic solutions have likewise found an extensive field of usefulness, particularly when the disinfection is intended to be applied in a restricted area or to smaller articles or surfaces.

A few years ago, terminal disinfection was the recognized routine after the more common infectious diseases, such as diphtheria, scarlet fever and tuberculosis. Within