CARBOLIC ACID DISCREDITED
We have reoeivod from the Colonial Secretary a memorandum giving details of precautions to be takon in outbreaks of epidemic diseases, and containing the further information that curbolio aold is now considered of doubtful valuo as a didlnfootent. It appears that tho Government of Antigua enquired the opinion of medioil nuthoritles in England a» to tho va'uo of oarbollo acid, and woro informed by Dr Buchanan, of tho Looal Govern mont Board, that while in the earlier paper* o£ Jiißtruotiona isaued by tha department ' • reapeofcf pi mention" was made of oarbo'io apid arid other eubetanooß ABuaorul dißlnfeotante, no montion whatovor of thorn was made in tho paper is uel in ISBB. "The reason," adds Dr Buchanan, " for the difference is to be found in the fltqdy whloh has now for noru') yeard been mode by the department of the value of various sobetances as disinfectants. This value hag been measured, not only by the power of the several agents to overpower or to r move smell, but by exposing the eotual material of vurio'B infections to the iofljenoe of the reputed disinfectant ; and tbuß it has como about that, for purpoees of real and valid diainfeot'on. heat, p^rchlorido of mercury, and sulphurous aoid are alone onumera'od in tho la'er memorandnm." Tho formula given tor tho solution of percblorido of morcury ready for use is \cz oorroaive sublimate, 1 fl lid ounoo hydrochloric aold, 6 grains ootnmercial aniline bluo, in 3 gallouß (a bucketful) of water. r Hn nmoant of su'phurom *old required for tho dislnfeotion of a moderate sized room cau bo obtained by burning l£lb sulphur (roll brimstone) in a pipkin over u small fire plncod in tho middlo of a room, with an old tray or the liko to protect the flooring. This process should only be effected by a skilled person, under tli© direction O f a medical w»d,
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