Deadly Carbon Monoxide

Issue 18 and Volume 83.

Deadly Carbon Monoxide Its Poisonous Effects Upon the Human System—Symptoms Sometimes Mistaken for Intoxication—Remedy for Those Affected by the Gas THE gas of which this article treats is the fireman’s deadliest and most subtle enemy. It is particularly dangerous, as it has neither visibility nor odor, and cannot be detected by ordinary means. Centuries before Socrates drank the hemlock, men knew that anyone shut in a small room with a brazier of burning charcoal would be taken out dead. Even savages knew, as they know now, that because of some terrible poison—the oldest known to mankind—safe fires are to be built only at the mouths of caves and not in the unventilated depths. We now recognize the poison to be carbon monoxide, and its presence in long-unopened caves or tombs probably explains the mysterious deaths of early excavators and tomb rqbbers, and may be responsib’e, it has been suggested, for…

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