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Chemoprophylaxis in surgery
  1. K. E. F. Hobbs

    Abstract

    The literature on the prophylactic use in surgery of disinfectants, antibiotics and the chemotherapeutic agents is reviewed. It is concluded that there is little place for the routine use of antibiotics or chemotherapeutic agents except in a very few conditions. Disinfectants do have a part to play in skin sterilization and in the reduction of postoperative wound infection. However, none of the compounds yet replaces careful technique and standard surgical procedure.

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