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May 7, 1892

Washing the Hands.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(19):592. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411230022006

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Abstract

—For washing the hands previous to making vaginal examinations Prof. Parvin uses and very strongly recommends sapo viridis and sand. The sapo viridis gives a good lather, and the sand by mechanical action leaves the skin of the hands soft and in excellent condition for examination. This method is in general use in Germany, and since its introduction midwives have been required to wash their hands in this manner, and the mortality in obstetrical practice has been considerably reduced.— Weekly Medical Review.

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