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September 4, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(10):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580100044017

Recently the newspapers have contained announcements of a new antiseptic or germicide that has proved, or is to prove, of great value in the treatment of the wounded in the present war. Credit for its discovery is given to Drs. Carrel and Dakin.

The antiseptic referred to is that which Dr. Dakin5 of the Herter Laboratory, New York — now serving as bacteriologist in a war hospital at Compiègne in France — announced in a paper read before the Académie des sciences in Paris. It is made by the well-known process of adding sodium carbonate to a solution of chlorinated lime. The mixture is thoroughly shaken, and after half an hour the liquid is siphoned off from the precipitate of calcium carbonate and filtered through cotton. To this clear liquid, sufficient boric acid is added to make the preparation neutral or acid, the amount required being determined by titration