Mustard gas burns, First World War

Mustard gas burns, First World War

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Credit: US NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mustard gas burns, First World War. Extensive first-degree mustard gas burns on the back of a US soldier injured during the First World War (1914-1918). The USA entered the war in 1917. Mustard gas, which is toxic, consists of chlorinated sulphur hydrocarbons, and causes severe blistering to the skin. These chemical burns extend over the soldier's upper chest and the entire back. In severe cases, this can be fatal. The soldier is named as Private Jacob Leifer, from the 16th Infantry Regiment, which formed part of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Artwork by Sergeant E. R. Brainard.

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