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A HYPODERMIC NEEDLE STERILIZER AND SOLUTION BOILER

John P. Fletcher, M.D.
JAMA. 1922;79(26):2161. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.26420260002013a.
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This device, for the rapid sterilization of hypodermic syringes, hypodermic needles and the water in which hypodermic tables may be dissolved, also provides a sterile, noncorrosive receptacle in which solutions of hypodermic tablets may be made. It consists of a metal case in which a silver trough 1% inches long of 5 c.c. capacity is permanently mounted at the top immediately above the burner of a removable alcohol lamp. The burner is so constructed that the fuel chamber is perfectly vented, and instead of overflowing when it becomes heated, the alcohol vapor is passed into the flame and consumed. The device is 2% inches high, 2 inches wide and 1 inch thick, and weighs 5 ounces. The lamp holds 15 c.c. of denatured alcohol, and will burn for one hour. The heat is so intense that it will bring the 5 c.c. of water in the trough, including a hypodermic

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