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Asepsis is now in the zenith of its usefulness and has demonstrated beyond controversy its beneficence to all unfortunates who have to experience the surgeon's dextrous touch or feel his keener blade; every newly made wound is carefully guarded against the ingress of air, of any kind, and quickly sealed against it; the surgeon, gynecologist or accoucheur goes about his work now, with a comfortable assurance that the painstaking physician must envy in conscious helplessness when he rocognizes the environment in which he must combat disease.
There is an avenue however, which for the introduction of disease and death growing germs has no parallel and no excuse for its existence, other than that it is here, and no one has protested against it.
The allusion made, is in regard to the quality of air usually used in the compressed air receivers of those who treat diseases of the nose, throat
LICHTY D. THE QUALITY OF COMPRESSED AIR FOR SPRAYS AND INHALATIONS. JAMA. 1893;XX(4):89. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420310007001c
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