The Hygiene Of The Sick-Room

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 Excerpt: ...role played by schools in the spread of diphtheria throughout a community renders especially urgent the introduction of a system of daily medical inspection of the schools. "The importance of letting air and sunlight into dark, damp dwellings, and of attending in general to matters of domestic sanitation, is...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 Excerpt: ...role played by schools in the spread of diphtheria throughout a community renders especially urgent the introduction of a system of daily medical inspection of the schools. "The importance of letting air and sunlight into dark, damp dwellings, and of attending in general to matters of domestic sanitation, is a lesson plainly to be drawn from the history of such places as nests of diphtheria." One of the most important preventive measures after diphtheria is a thorough disinfection of the room occupied by the patient. Dr. J. Lewis Smith, of New York, thinking the method of disinfection by burning sulphur in a closed room for several hours was questionable or inadequate, experimented with it in a ward in the New York Infant Asylum in which there had been an epidemic of diphtheria. This ward was emptied, "the windows, doors, and crevices closed, and forty pounds of sulphur, or two pounds to the hundred cubic feet of air, were burnt until they were consumed." After several hours the doors were opened and dust from the floor, bedding, and furniture was stirred up and allowed to settle on culture media which had been prepared for the experiment. The result was that there were found on the culture media many forms of micro-organisms which had been in the room before the sulphur was burned. As this mode of disinfection seemed far from perfect, Dr. Smith wrote to E. R. Squibb, of Brooklyn, and obtained the following reply:--"Within the past ten years the efficacy of sulphur-fumigation against infectious material has been repeatedly denied and reaffirmed upon very good authority, and observations, apparently made with accuracy and care, have been reported from time to time to prove both sides of the question; so that all that can now be said ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781145970137
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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