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June 1927


Author Affiliations

Pathologist, Medical Research Division, Chemical Warfare Service, Edgewood Arsenal; EDGEWOOD, MD.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;39(6):833-864. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130060085008

When toxic gases were introduced as a new weapon of warfare, it was the natural reaction of the laity, as well as of the medical profession, to believe that their effects on the lungs would cause a predisposition to pulmonary tuberculosis. This early conclusion, hastily arrived at before there were any facts available for affirming or denying it, has remained largely fixed in the minds of the laity, and also in the minds of a considerable number of physicians. But what are the facts? What have the years during and since the war taught us of the relationship between the war gases and tuberculosis?

Information concerning this question can be gained from two sources: clinical experience, and laboratory experiments. The clinical experiences of many men have been recorded, and include data on thousands of cases of persons who had been gassed. A brief summary of these records will be given

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