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September 27, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(13):1013-1015. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660130053025

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Chemicals and Bacteria in Future Warfare  The interesting but troubling question of the use of chemicals and bacteria in warfare will come up for discussion before the fifth assembly of the League of Nations, which will convene soon at Geneva. As early as 1921, during its second session, the assembly of the League of Nations asked the commission on the reduction of armaments to study into the question of the use of chemicals in warfare. This investigation was entrusted to a special commission composed of Viscount Cecil, Admiral Aubrey Smith, General de Marinis and Colonel Requin. The commission appealed for information to chemists, physiologists and bacteriologists of various countries, requesting them to give as exact and complete an account as possible of the effects produced by: (1) warfare with chemicals in the form of the most powerful explosives, toxic products and gas, with which we are already familiar; especially since

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