Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Gas: the greatest terror of the Great War. AAIC Jul 2016.

“To an anaesthetist the word ‘gas’ refers to our ‘everyday tools of the trade’. Just over 100 years ago, the world ‘gas’ has an entirely different and sinister meaning. Gas was to become synonymous with an almost inescapable form of agonising death of painful injury on a scale never before seen in human history.” In this illustrative article, Dr Padley outlines the development of the gas warfare – the first weapon of mass terror – during World War I. From the development of chlorine, phosgene and then mustard gas, to trench warfare and management of gas casualties, this article takes us through a journey and shows us the destructive effects innovations can bring when applied as a weapon.

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