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February 27, 1943

War Gases: Their Identification and Decontamination

JAMA. 1943;121(9):711. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840090081036

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In the event of a poison gas attack on civilians, vigorous preventive action by local defense authorities must be taken. Although those already gassed will be cared for by physicians, the gas identification officer, the decontamination officer and the health officer must speedily identify the chemicals involved, mark off contaminated areas and issue such information as will prevent further casualties from occurring, allay fear and in general guide medical treatment. Dr. Jacobs has prepared the present volume to provide these officers with "a system for the detection, the sampling and the identification of the chemical warfare agents, and the decontamination of areas and materials polluted by them." This highly technical material is presented in short textbook form accurately and concisely yet with much valuable factual information. The inclusion of numerous tables, diagrams and references is helpful. Although the book is not intended primarily for the physician, it contains many data

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