The Scientific American cyclopedia of formulas: partly based upon the 28th ed. of Scientific American cyclopedia of receipts, notes and queries

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Albert Allis Hopkins
Munn & co., inc., 1910 - Health & Fitness - 1077 pages
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A book is like a movie, or possibly a book. It is a treasure to those looking for it, and a waste of time and money to those seeking something else. This is a collection of the best scientific formulas and general purpose formulas available in the US in 1910. It contains the best and most scientific medical information, very dangerous, as we know much more now. Formulas for cleaning and solvents and making foods, many ingredients now no doubt illegal as food additives. Formulas for mixed drinks, wine making, which are good. Methods and comments for raising poultry, treating animal diseases, etc. Possibly of some use. If you just like to know how grandpa did things, it is a fun book. If you want to know how to do things yourself, it should be read with caution. Of particular value are probably the section on beverages, the section on chemical manipulations, the section on agriculture. I would avoid much in the section on first aid, though some would stand the test of time. Read carefully, it is useful for research and looking for old ideas which might provide alternatives to newer methods, but you should know what you are doing. 

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Page 150 - One inch from its edges a single marginal line is to be drawn, leaving the "sight" precisely 8 by 13 inches. Within this margin all work and signatures must be included. One of the shorter sides of the sheet is regarded as its top, and measuring...
Page 336 - Pulverize the gum arable, and dissolve it in as much water as the laundress would use for the quantity of starch indicated. Dissolve the starch and sugar in the gum solution. Then cook the mixture in a vessel suspended in boiling water until the starch becomes clear. The cement should be as thick as tar, and kept so. It can be kept from spoilling by dropping in a lump of gum camphor, or a.
Page 534 - Heavy woolen clothing, silks, furs, stuffed bed-covers, beds, and other articles which cannot be treated with the zinc solution should be hung in the room during fumigation, their surfaces thoroughly exposed, and pockets turned inside out.
Page 533 - Disinfectants. (1.) In the Sick-room. The most available agents are fresh air and cleanliness. The clothing, towels, bed-linen, etc., should, on removal from the patient, and before they are taken from the room, be placed in a pail or tub of the zinc solution, boiling hot if possible.
Page 533 - Disinfection is the destruction of the poisons of infectious and contagious diseases. Deodorizers, or substances which destroy smells, are not necessarily disinfectants, and disinfectants do not necessarily have an odor.
Page 533 - It is extremely important that the people should be instructed with regard to disinfection. They must be taught that no reliance can be placed on disinfectants simply because they smell of chlorine or carbolic acid, or possess the color of permanganate; and that, in general, proprietary disinfectants with high-sounding names are practically worthless...
Page 512 - ... of wine) are dropped into it at different places ; or the diluted oil of cloves may be mixed with the solution before it is poured upon the glass ; the more oil of cloves used, the more rapid will be the deposition of the silver; but the patentee prefers that it should occupy about two hours.
Page 533 - Heavy clothing, blankets, bedding, and other articles which cannot be treated with the zinc solution, should be opened and exposed during fumigation, as directed below. Close the rooms -as tightly as possible, place the sulphur in iron pans supported upon bricks placed in washtubs containing a little water, set it on...
Page 290 - ... or ammoniacum, which must be rubbed or ground till they are dissolved. Then mix the whole with a sufficient heat. Keep the glue in a phial closely stopped, and when it is to be used set the phial in boiling water.
Page 410 - Provide a plate with some of the best whiting to be had, and have ready some clean warm water and a piece of flannel, which dip into the water and squeeze nearly dry; then take as much whiting as will adhere to it, apply it to the -painted surface, when a little rubbing will instantly remove any dirt or grease.

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