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February 27, 1943

Medical Manual of Chemical Warfare [Including also] An Atlas of Gas Poisoning

JAMA. 1943;121(9):712. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840090082040

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This manual is a British official release on the first aid procedures for and later treatment of war gas casualties. Its value is much enhanced by the inclusion in color of plates from "An Atlas of Gas Poisoning, London, 1918 and 1937," illustrating typical "blue" and "gray" cases of suffocant gassing and classic vesicant lesions of the skin and eye. The text is unusually complete for a manual, yet the work has lost none of its force, the result chiefly of accurate writing, emphasis on essentials and large print. It must be remembered that knowledge of the treatment of war gas casualties, like the knowledge of the treatment of other injuries, is not static. Thus any manual tends to become out of date. The British have attempted to remedy this by issuing amendments from time to time. The usefulness of the manual is impaired unless these are at hand for

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