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A. L. BELT, M.D.
JAMA. 1906;XLVI(22):1696-1697. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510490042003.
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When the first stage of labor is nearing completion it is my custom to procure a common glass tumbler, in which 1/2,000 or 1/3,000 solution of bichlorid of mercury with sterile water is prepared, and into this several pieces of sterile gauze and three strong braided silk ligatures are placed. A pair of shears and a compression forceps are then put in a sterilizer or basin on the stove to boil.

The second stage of labor completed, I tie the cord at two points about six inches from the child's body, cut between and pass the child to the nurse to wash while I care for the mother.

When ready to dress the cord, the hands being sterile, I wash the child's abdomen and the cord with a piece of gauze taken from the bichlorid solution previously prepared, carefully cleansing the base of the cord and the omphalic folds.



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