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January 24, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(4):124-126. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410560016002

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Therapeutics and Pharmacology. 

A New Disinfectant.  —The list of disinfectants that has grown so rapidly of late, has received a further addition under the name disinfectol (dèsinfectol). According to Lowenstein (Revue Hebdomadaire de Thérapeutique) it consists of a combination of iodine phenol and different hydrocarbons. It is a liquid of considerable consistence which in odor and properties approaches closely to creoline, of alkaline reaction and miscible with water in all proportions, forming a clear or grey emulsion according to the proportions employed. M. Beslin in testing the antiseptic value upon fæces found that in the proportion of 5 it disinfected an equal volume of fecal matter in eighteen hours. In the strength of 10 per cent, an equal volume of fæces were completely sterile at the end of fifteen minutes. The bacillus typhoidal was destroyed by a two per cent. solution. The five per cent, solution was equal in disinfecting

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