Chemical weapons

Chemical warfare has been widely condemned since it was first used on a massive scale during the first world war. Chemical weapons are cheap, can cause mass casualties, and are relatively easy to produce, even by developing nations. They have been used in many conflicts during the 20th century (box), most recently by Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war,1 as well as in terrorist attacks.

Somatic symptoms in Gulf War mortuary workers.



The objective of this article is to examine the relationship between exposures to the dead and the development of somatic symptoms.