Ozonised oils as disinfectants.
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In the ozone fervour of the mid-nineteenth century,
the ability of ether, turpentine, and other unsaturated oils to take up
oxygen was construed in terms of ozone, and the products were styled
"ozonised ether" and "ozonised oils." Their undoubted oxidising power
led to their use as disinfectants, notably by Dr. John Day in Australia,
and Charles Kingzett in England and later America. Kingzett's "Sanitas"
products enjoyed great popularity, and their properties were ascribed to
fixed ozone, although the researches of Kingzett and others showed that
the key components were hydroperoxides that may have given rise to
hydrogen peroxide in solution.
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