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February 20, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(8):379. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440080033021

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The apparatus shown in the above illustration has been designed by Chas. Truax, Greene & Co., for the safe, convenient and economic production of formaldehyde by the oxidation of methyl alcohol. This is accomplished by decomposition of wood alcohol and without the use of an open flame, and where used for disinfecting tightly closed apartments, it is free from the possibility of fire while in operation.

It is convenient, economical and simple in construction, compactly made and requires no nice manipulation to secure the desired result. An apartment having a capacity of 2,500 cubic feet may be thoroughly disinfected by the generator, together with the infected furniture, bedding, etc., with one filling of the reservoir and without previous preparation of the room or its contents.

Formaldehyde (CH2O) in its gaseous form answers fully the above requirements, as it possesses the properties of ready diffusibility and great power of

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