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March 3, 1900

VALUE OF FORMALDEHYDE IN THE DISINFECTION OF BUILDINGS, ROOMS AND CARS.

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CHIEF SURGEON ILLINOIS CENTRAL R. R. CO. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):518-520. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610090004001a
Abstract

During the summer of 1898, with the assistance of Mr. Ready, of the laboratory at St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, I made some experiments with the German 40 per cent. solution of formaldehyde. We selected a room containing 500 cubic feet of space; one sheet was suspended by one side, from a cord stretched across the room. The other articles used were the solution of formaldehyde above named, and the atomizer recommended for use in cars and other places, and used by the Board of Health of Chicago. Three varieties of microbes were selected—the bacilli of anthrax (woolsorter's disease, very fatal to the human being), and those of typhoid and diphtheria. It requires a high degree of heat to destroy the spores of the anthrax bacillus. Six small aluminum cups were half filled with sterilized blood-serum in a state of coagulation; a platinum wire sterilized by heat, when cold, was drawn

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