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April 1944

HEAT AND MUSTARD GAS BURNSA COMPARISON

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY

Arch Surg. 1944;48(4):284-299. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230010294003
Abstract

The object of this series of experiments is to make a comparison of the pathologic picture of heat burns and that of mustard gas burns, with a view to determining whether the same methods of treatment are applicable to the two types of burns.

HISTORICAL AND THEORETIC ASPECTS  Since the introduction of mustard gas into modern warfare during the first World War there has been much speculation as to the exact nature of mustard gas burns. There has been a general feeling that mustard gas burns are more persistent than heat burns of the same degree of intensity and that the healing process is slower. Little evidence has been adduced to prove this point.It is true that Warthin and Weller,1 who published a rather extensive monograph on mustard gas poisoning in 1919, did produce some evidence to support the general view. The following direct quotation is a summary

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