Silver as a disinfectant

Nadia Silvestry-Rodriguez, Enue E. Sicairos-Ruelas, Charles P. Gerba, Kelly R. Bright

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Abstract

The antimicrobial effects of silver (Ag) have been recognized for thousands of years. In ancient times, it was used in water containers (Grier 1983) and to prevent putrefaction of liquids and foods. In ancient times in Mexico, water and milk were kept in silver containers (Davis and Etris 1997). Silver was also mentioned in the Roman pharmacopoeia of 69 b.c. (Davis and Etris 1997).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
EditorsGeorge Ware
Pages23-45
Number of pages23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

Publication series

NameReviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Volume191
ISSN (Print)0179-5953

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Silvestry-Rodriguez, N., Sicairos-Ruelas, E. E., Gerba, C. P., & Bright, K. R. (2007). Silver as a disinfectant. In G. Ware (Ed.), Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (pp. 23-45). (Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology; Vol. 191). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-69163-3_2