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June 25, 1938

An Atlas of Gas Poisoning

JAMA. 1938;110(26):2176. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790260050032

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This booklet is one of a number of excellent handbooks and pamphlets issued by the home office of the British government, presenting various phases of warfare as it may affect the civilian population and intended primarily for civilian use. From its rather broad title one would perhaps expect a more comprehensive treatment of the subject, for, with the exception of a single plate depicting a rare case of thrombotic gangrene of the foot following chlorine poisoning, the pamphlet confines itself to the effects of but two warfare agents, phosgene and mustard. Presenting these, however, as respectively representing pulmonary irritants and vesicants—the two classes of chemical warfare agents used primarily for the production of casualties among personnel—the atlas handles them well: ten colored plates, three relating to phosgene and seven to mustard, picture the principal clinical and pathologic effects of these two agents; and the accompanying descriptive text is clear and

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