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The necessity of sterilizing all instruments for surgical operations has been so thoroughly instilled into the minds of medical men that we rarely find a surgeon who does not give careful attention to these details. Many forms of sterilizers have been suggested for preparing instruments for surgical operations, and the majority are of more or less practical value. A subject, however, to which the same amount of attention has not been given, is the preparation of instruments in ordinary use in office practice. It otolaryngology this refers especially to nasal and oral speculums, tongue depressors, applicators, etc. Each of these may be the means of carrying infection, unless the same attention is given as in the preparation of instruments for surgical operations.
A probable reason why more consideration has not been given this subject is the difficulty of arranging a suitable apparatus in a private office without the disagreeable effects
SCHEPPEGRELL W. AN ELECTRIC STERILIZER FOR INSTRUMENTS IN EAR, NOSE AND THROAT PRACTICE. JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):496. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440610037005
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