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WW2 mustard gas disaster

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Shelldrake:
Mustard gas in liquid form injected directly into the bloodstream was one of the first effective treatments for leukemia! How is that for an amazing fact?!

MIGMaster:
I wonder who volunteered for that first injection  :o

besilarius:
Back in the eighteenth century, yellow fever (yellow jack) was the great killer in the Caribbean.
Without germ theory, everyone had an idea of where it came from.  After one british army lost 80% of its force to yellow fever, two doctors came up with totally different ideas.  Reached the point of a duel, and both died from their wounds.
Sadly, naturally, both their ideas were wrong.
Another name for yellow fever was black vomit.  At the start of the revolution, there was a brig up in Massachusetts named Black Vomit.
The really interesting thing is that when Captain Horatio Nelson was in charge of the frigate Hinchingbroke, something like three quarters of the crew became sick overnight.  Coming into harbor, it couldn't even properly anchor because there were too few men to man the sails.
Somehow, Nelson survived.
How would world history have changed if he had never lived to be an admiral?

Staggerwing:

--- Quote from: besilarius on February 25, 2012, 05:22:29 PM ---
Somehow, Nelson survived.
How would world history have changed if he had never lived to be an admiral?

--- End quote ---

Hitler was gassed at Ypres in 1918 by a mustard gas attack-which begs the old question:
How would the word be different if he had not recovered?

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