Chemical warfare agents: II. nerve agents

Frederick R. Sidell, Jonathan Borak

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Nerve agents are highly potent and rapidly acting organophosphorus compounds that irreversibly bind and inactivate acetylcholinesterase. Only rarely have they been used in warfare, but their great lethality and the threat that they pose have encouraged production and stockpiling in large quantities. They differ in a number of important ways from common agricultural organophosphate .insecticides. In light of recent threats of chemical warfare and the possibilities of chemical acts of terrorism, North American physicians should be knowledgeable of the effects of these agents and the care of exposure victims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-871
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1992


  • chemical warfare agents
  • nerve agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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