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August 16, 1941

Chemical Warfare

JAMA. 1941;117(7):573. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820330077025

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This is essentially a primer of chemical warfare, intended to be "comprehensible not only to chemists, physicians, engineers and military experts, but also to the laymen who are the prospective individual victims of the war gases." Consequently it is not to be compared with the standard works on the subject as a source of technical information. It was obviously hastily put together and was edited poorly or not at all. In spite of its numerous defects it makes interesting reading, largely because it is written in narrative style, because it records the personal experiences of the author, who played an active part in chemical warfare in the first World War, and because it summarizes a large amount of information concerning individual chemical agents. The name of Fritz Haber, originator and director of the Chemical Section of the German War Department and also originator of the process used for fixing atmospheric

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