Microscopic section of human lung from phosgene shell poisoning | Wellcome Collection

Access this resource

‘Death at 19th hour after gassing’, c.1917. Rare illustration showing the pathological damage caused by phosgene gas to the lungs. Phosgene gas proved to be even more dangerous than its forerunner – chlorine – as it induced much less coughing and consequently more of it was inhaled. It also had a delayed effect, so that apparently healthy soldiers could succumb to poisoning up to 48 hours after inhalation. As with other poison gases, phosgene attacked the respiratory system and resulted in suffocation.

Original URL: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/explore/sickness--health/topics/military-medicine/images.aspx?view=microscopic-section

Resource Type : image

10 visits / 1 Like(s) (Like this resource)

Licence CC-BY-NC-SA

Cite : Microscopic section of human lung from phosgene shell poisoning | Wellcome Collection (http://www.wellcomecollection.org/explore/sickness--health/topics/military-medicine/images.aspx?view=microscopic-section) by A.K. Maxwell licensed as CC-BY-NC-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/uk/)

Reuse : Web link

About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
This entry was posted in Body and Mind. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply