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October 6, 1945

MEDICINE AND THE WAR

JAMA. 1945;129(6):451-455. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860400035014

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Abstract

ARMY 

SAFE AND EFFICIENT USE OF DDT  A bulletin was recently published by the Army as a technical guide for the safe and efficient use of DDT. The publication contains information on the precautions to be taken in handling DDT, its mode of action in insect control and the proper methods of application.It is emphasized that, although DDT may be safely handled as an insecticide, it is nevertheless a toxic material. Poisoning may occur from ingestion of DDT solutions through the skin. DDT powder and aerosols are not absorbed through the skin and have been found to produce no ill effects when inhaled in small amounts. However, in conditions in which air currents do not carry away the dust from the user, it is wise to wear suitable respirators as protection against excessive inhalation.DDT acts on insects both as a contact poison and as a

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