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October 1, 1892

DISINFECTION BY THE NEW YORK BOARD OF HEALTH.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(14):415. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420140029005

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Abstract

In the issue of Sept. 17, The Journal censured the disinfecting directions of the New York Board of Health as absolutely inefficient. In reply the board sent a new circular dated Sept. 5, and added the statement, that the circular criticised was published originally years ago and republished without authorization by the N. Y. City Health Department.

The new directions prepared by Dr. H. M. Biggs are above all criticism, and display a thoroughness revealing a practical bacteriologist. The blame for advocating antiquated disinfection methods which do not disinfect, rests hence no longer with the New York Board, but with the paper that published them without comment, viz., the N. Y. Med. Record. Our contemporary evidently recognizes its liability and in its issue of Sept. 24, endorses the comments made by The Journal.

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