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Medical Management of Chemical Casualties Handbook, Second Edition

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Chemical warfare is not a popular topic, and most military health care providers do not willingly become familiar with it. This was painfully obvious during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm when it soon became apparent that many health care providers knew little about the effects of chemical agents or about the medical defense against them. This ignorance was particularly striking in view of the seven-decade-long history of modern chemical warfare and the well-publicized use of mustard and nerve agent during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. The prevailing attitude of military health care providers was that chemical agents would be used only on Hmong, Afghans, Kurds, or similarly unprepared and unprotected groups of people. Further, many health care providers believed if chemical weapons were used the outcome would be disastrous, defense would be impossible, and the casualty rate and loss of life would be high.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-04-07 18:38:32
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Chemical warfare is not a popular topic, and most military health care providers do not willingly become familiar with it. This was painfully obvious during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm when it soon became apparent that many health care providers knew little about the effects of chemical agents or about the medical defense against them. This ignorance was particularly striking in view of the seven-decade-long history of modern chemical warfare and the well-publicized use of mustard and nerve agent during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. The prevailing attitude of military health care providers was that chemical agents would be used only on Hmong, Afghans, Kurds, or similarly unprepared and unprotected groups of people. Further, many health care providers believed if chemical weapons were used the outcome would be disastrous, defense would be impossible, and the casualty rate and loss of life would be high.
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Source United States Department of Defense, Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
Keyword Chemicals, Chemical agents, Nerve agents, Vesicants, Cyanide, Pulmonary agents, Riot control agents, Casualty management, Decontamination, Chemical defense equipment, Chemical weapons, Chemical terrorism, Chemical warfare
Date Of Record Creation 2009-04-07 18:31:13
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Date Last Modified 2009-06-01 14:18:15
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-04-07 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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