Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States

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  • Author(s): Smith, Susan L.
  • Series:
    Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
  • Publication Information:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press. 2017
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Mustard gas is typically associated with the horrors of World War I battlefields and trenches, where chemical weapons were responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. Few realize, however, that mustard gas had a resurgence during the Second World War, when its uses and effects were widespread and insidious. Toxic Exposures tells the shocking story of how the United States and its allies intentionally subjected thousands of their own servicemen to poison gas as part of their preparation for chemical warfare. In addition, it reveals the racialized dimension of these mustard gas experiments, as scientists tested whether the effects of toxic exposure might vary between Asian, Hispanic, black, and white Americans. Drawing from once-classified American and Canadian government records, military reports, scientists'papers, and veterans'testimony, historian Susan L. Smith explores not only the human cost of this research, but also the environmental degradation caused by ocean dumping of unwanted mustard gas. As she assesses the poisonous legacy of these chemical warfare experiments, Smith also considers their surprising impact on the origins of chemotherapy as cancer treatment and the development of veterans'rights movements. Toxic Exposures thus traces the scars left when the interests of national security and scientific curiosity battled with medical ethics and human rights.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780813586090. 9780813586113. 9780813586120.
    • Accession Number:
      965738181
    • Accession Number:
      1434003
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    • ABNT:
      SMITH, S. L. Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 21 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Smith SL. Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press; 2017. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1434003&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886. Accessed September 21, 2019.
    • APA:
      Smith, S. L. (2017). Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. Retrieved from http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1434003&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Smith, Susan L. 2017. Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States. Critical Issues in Health and Medicine. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1434003&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Harvard:
      Smith, S. L. (2017) Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine). Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1434003&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886 (Accessed: 21 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Smith, SL 2017, Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States, Critical Issues in Health and Medicine, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, viewed 21 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Smith, Susan L. Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States. Rutgers University Press, 2017. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1434003&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Smith, Susan L. Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States. Critical Issues in Health and Medicine. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2017. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1434003&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Smith SL. Toxic Exposures : Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States [Internet]. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press; 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 21]. (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine). Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1434003&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886