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To the Editor:
—In The Journal, May 13, appears an editorial review of Gilchrist and Matz's article on this subject. In this editorial the statement is made that "mustard gas as used in the World War caused untold misery." It is believed that this statement may possibly create an impression that you do not wish to convey, for when the general effect of the use of mustard and other chemical agents in war is considered, exactly the opposite is found to be true. Mustard and other chemicals reduce the misery that is incident to warfare.This point is best illustrated by a study conducted by Col. Albert G. Love of the Medical Corps of the United States Army. This study on war casualties was printed as Army Medical Bulletin 24. We in the service consider this work the outstanding statistical contribution pertaining to war data.The following figures taken from
Fox LA. "THE RESIDUAL EFFECTS OF WAR GASES". JAMA. 1933;101(6):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740310048029
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