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September 18, 1915

The So-Called New Antiseptic

JAMA. 1915;LXV(12):1048. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580120060029

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To the Editor:  —Your editorial in The Journal, Sept. 4, 1915, speaks of the "so-called new antiseptic" produced by a watery mixture of the commercial chlorid of lime with sodium carbonate. Your limitation "so-called" is correctly used, for I and other surgeons of the New York and Roosevelt hospitals can testify to the germicidal use of this mixture as far back as 1894. This preparation was suggested by Mr. Rauschenburg, the apothecary of the New York Hospital, and was used entirely for hand and operative area disinfection for many years, and was continued as a hand disinfectant even after rubber gloves came into vogue to guard against infection by the punctures or tears to which such protectors are liable. For the operative area it held good until about 1900, when tincture of iodin was first employed for this purpose at the Roosevelt Hospital for all laparotomies and joint operations. In

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