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May 7, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(19):1074-1079. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440710006001a

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MOTTO:—CLEANSE AND STRENGTHEN.  Medical asepsis is but the inward application of the principle contained in the ordinary surgical asepsis, supplemented by the enhancement of the bactericidal properties of the blood serum. The words cleanse and strengthen include all the essentials of tissue or medical asepsis. Wherever water will flow, no matter how small the stream, it will cleanse, and the cleansing power will be proportionate to the size and number of the streams. Water has been used for ages for its curative action in disease, but not, to my knowledge, with the idea of establishing an aseptic condition of the tissues by effecting and maintaining tissue cleanliness. While to many, the presentation may seem a novelty, it is founded on years of careful study and practical application. The absence of any authorities on tissue asepsis as such, and its proven value in practice, will be sufficient apology for this paper.

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