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July 16, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(3):206. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690030038015

Those who would remind us that "a very large proportion of the misery borne by mankind is manmade" turn nowadays to experiences of the World War for their illustrations. They cite the epidemics that have followed in the trail of the great combat, the unexpected awakening of diseases that have long seemed to be dormant, and the widespread dissemination of objectionable parasitic forms of life into regions where they have been practically unknown. All these features have furnished new jeopardies and increased the obligations of public hygiene. But the recent conflict also created some entirely novel health-disturbing situations that could scarcely have been foreseen. Notable among them were the effects of the so-called war gases. The distressing immediate symptoms of gassing with their excruciating torture left in their wake the possibilities of prolonged deterioration of health. Invalidism and a comparatively early death were expected as the aftermath of the use