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Nerve agents have a surprising history, and it’s just as morbid as you’d expect. Read more at

Much of this history is explained excellently in the late Jonathan Tucker’s book War on Nerves

If this episode leaves you curious about the history of chemical weapons, we put together this package to reflect on the 100th anniversary of the World War One attack on Flander’s Fields.

Speaking of Chemistry is a production of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.



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