Reference numberAP/15/18
TitleUnpublished paper, 'An investigation of the powers of the simple supporters of combustion to destroy the virulence of morbid poisons and of the poisonous gases - with a view to ascertain the possibility of controuling [controlling] the extension of contagious or epidemic diseases' by Edward Browne
Date30 March 1832
DescriptionBrowne discusses the power of chlorine gas as a disinfectant, asserting that it is effective on smallpox and explaining that some of his experiments suggested that it could also be effective in disinfecting gonorrhea. He also found that oxygen and iodine might have similar disinfecting properties, and suspects that fluorine and bromine might also share these properties.

John George Children's initials appear next to the date received. Minor corrections and annotations appear throughout in ink and graphite.

Subject: Chemistry / Biology

Written by Browne at 32 Craven Street [Westminster, London]. Communicated by J H [Joseph Henry] Green. Received by the Royal Society on 11 April 1832.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 3 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'An Investigation of the Powers of the simple Supporters of Combustion to destroy the virulence of Morbin Poisons, and of the poisonous Gases, with a view to ascertain the possibility of controuling the extension of contagious or epidemic Diseases'.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1830.0078
Related records in the catalogueMC/2/161
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7977Green; Joseph Henry (1791 - 1863)1791 - 1863
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