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Book and Media Reviews
August 2, 2006

Lewisite

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(5):589-594. doi:10.1001/jama.296.5.592

As World War I ground up millions of soldiers in a brutal stalemate in 1915, the Germans unleashed a new terror against the Allied forces. A strange mist descended onto the battlefield at Ypres, and thousands of troops succumbed to chlorine gas. This book tells the story of lewisite, America's response to Germany's fearsome chemical weapons, from its inception to the consequences of its mass production. A foreword by Richard Butler reminds us how timely this book is and how the implications of this almost 90-year-old toxin continue to resonate today.

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