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February 20, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(8):240. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411120028007

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At the Johns Hopkins' Hospital the use of bichloride of mercury as an antiseptic has declined to a considerable extent in favor of solutions of permanganate of potash in combination with oxalic acid. Dr. Malcolm McLean, at the October meeting of the New York Obstetrical Society, reported on his use of three formulæ, given below, for obtaining an aseptic condition of his hands (see New York Journal of Gynecology for December). Having briefly referred to the fact that Dr. W. H. Welch and other members of the Hopkins' surgical staff have come to the conclusion that corrosive sublimate solutions are inferior to those of the permanganate for many antiseptic purposes, the author says that he has found that the scrapings from the finger-nails, etc., taken after an ablution of the hands with any one of the ordinary antiseptic solutions, have developed, under culture in the laboratory, numerous germs. But when

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