"… and take the iodine upstairs to Martha, Billy Stubbs has been picking his scabs and Eric Whalley's oozing all over his sheets — chicken pox on top of everything else."
Mrs Cole to one of her helpers at Wool's Orphanage in 1938[src]

Iodine (chemical symbol: I) is a chemical element, and a halogen. Iodine and its compounds are primarily used in nutrition, and industrially in the production of acetic acid and certain polymers. Iodine is also used in the production of tincture of iodine, a disinfectant.

At Wool's Orphanage, in 1938, after Billy Stubbs and Eric Whalley developed chicken pox, Mrs Cole, the matron, told one of her helpers to take the iodine to Martha, so that she could disinfect their scabs.[1]


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13 (The Secret Riddle)