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March 20, 1943

Gas Warfare: A Monograph for Instructors

JAMA. 1943;121(12):983. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840120085032

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This booklet represents an attempt to give a brief but well balanced survey of the whole field of gas warfare within the limits of a hundred small but closely printed pages. It is described as "a monograph for instructors" in the civilian defense and other similar organizations. One of its main purposes (as stated in the preface) is to give to the instructor a background which will enable him to "get the trainee to view the gas menace through the eyes of the chemist as something that need arouse no anxiety." With this purpose the reviewer is most heartily in sympathy. And the booklet is, on the whole, well designed to attain the object in view. It is well seasoned with interesting historical details, and the distribution of emphasis is on the whole just (one chapter devoted to tactics, seven chapters devoted to defense). The twenty page chapter entitled "General

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