A Century of Wood Preserving


    AT the present time, when a renewed interest in the scientific study of wood preservation is being shown in Great Britain, it is well to recall that this country was a pioneer in this work, and the method of forcing antiseptics into timber by means of pressure in a cylinder was patented by Bethell so early as 1838. “A Century of Wood Preserving”, edited by Sir Harold Boulton, contains the substance of a paper read in 1884, before the Institution of Civil Engineers, by his father, Mr. S. B. Boulton, who gave a complete and valuable survey of the progress made up to that date. An account of the discussion which followed is reprinted and makes interesting reading, reminding us that the theory of the action of preservatives which was attributed to the coagulation of albumen was not yet dead at that date.

    A Century of Wood Preserving.

    Sir Harold Boulton. Pp. x + 150 + 3 plates. (London: Philip Allan and Co., Ltd., 1930.) 8s. 6d. net.

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    A Century of Wood Preserving . Nature 127, 195–196 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127195c0

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