‘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.
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