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April 3, 1937

Current Comment

JAMA. 1937;108(14):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780140037015

POISON GAS  The threat of the use of poison gas in strife among European nations now casts its shadow over all the world. The British Medical Association has issued instructions to all physicians and pharmacists for the use of gas masks and the treatment of gas injuries. In most European countries physicians and pharmacists are the agents disseminating the information for combating gas attacks. Some governments have instituted drills in the use of gas masks by the people generally and have built gas proof cellars as places of refuge during attacks. America cannot overlook this potential menace which has accompanied the advances made by science. As poison gases are manufactured and used in industry as well as in civil strife, knowledge of the antidote and safeguards against injury should be made available. With an ever greater use of chemicals by the average citizen, there is an increasing toll of casualties