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January 11, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):107. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480020037003

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There is no doubt but that bacteria can be transmitted by the ordinary clinical thermometer, and extreme and continued care is necessary to prevent this. Ordinary washing and wiping will not suffice. The Norwich Pharmacal Co. has just gotten out an antiseptic thermometer case which seems to meet all requirements. It is simply a glass-tube holder in which can be kept antiseptic solution without leakage and into which is screwed the thermometer as in ordinary holders. The increase in size of this over ordinary holders is so slight as to make it scarcely noticeable in the vest pocket.

War on Rats.  —The cities in which the plague has made a brief appearance and then subsided, all made war upon rats as an indispensable measure. The Brazil-Medico is inclined to attribute the recurrence of plague at Rio Janeiro to the neglect of this measure, which was considered superfluous by the authorities.

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