History of disinfection from early times until the end of the 18th century.

  title={History of disinfection from early times until the end of the 18th century.},
  author={J. M. Blancou},
  journal={Revue scientifique et technique},
  volume={14 1},
  • J. Blancou
  • Published 1 March 1995
  • Medicine
  • Revue scientifique et technique
The author describes and analyses the methods of disinfection in use until the end of the 18th century, i.e. before the scientific demonstration of the role of pathogenic microorganisms. These methods are classified into three categories: chemical (by derivatives of sulphur, mercury, copper, and also by alkalis and acids), physical (heating, fumigation, filtration, etc.) and biological (burial). The author concludes that, despite their empiricism, these methods were of great value to those… 

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