Queries and Minor Notes

1921 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
In this way the louse, if present, was killed and we avoided the danger involved in crushing by scratching or rubbing. Not only does the chloroform kill the louse, but it neutralizes the virus in the bite. Protection of the personnel in the hospital lies mainly in the efficiency of the delousing and disinfecting squad. As is commonly known, typhus is not directly infectious ; therefore, if the patients are properly disinfected there is absolutely no danger to the hospital personnel. In this
more » ... ect typhus is similar to malaria. There is no danger from a patient with malaria, nor is there any danger from a patient with typhus. At Milina all cases coming from the hospital were put through a delouser. All the hair was clipped from the body, head, armpits and pubis, and the patient was scrubbed thor¬ oughly with soap and hot running water. Then the hairy areas of the body were anointed with kerosene (coal-oil). Clean pajamas were placed on the patient, and he was wrapped in a clean blanket and transferred to his bed in the hospital. The clothes were at the same time put through a pressure steam sterilizer, and furs were put through a sul¬ phur bath. In this way only louse free patients arrived at the hospital. Any person finding a louse on a patient or on the clothing of the personnel was required to report this immediately to the
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