Chemical warfare agents

  • Kamil Kuča
  • Miroslav Pohanka
Part of the Experientia Supplementum book series (EXS, volume 100)


Chemical warfare agents are compounds of different chemical structures. Simple molecules such as chlorine as well as complex structures such as ricin belong to this group. Nerve agents, vesicants, incapacitating agents, blood agents, lung-damaging agents, riot-control agents and several toxins are among chemical warfare agents. Although the use of these compounds is strictly prohibited, the possible misuse by terrorist groups is a reality nowadays. Owing to this fact, knowledge of the basic properties of these substances is of a high importance. This chapter briefly introduces the separate groups of chemical warfare agents together with their members and the potential therapy that should be applied in case someone is intoxicated by these agents.


Nerve Agent Staphylococcal Enterotoxin Sulfur Mustard Nitrogen Mustard Hydrogen Cyanide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kamil Kuča
    • 1
  • Miroslav Pohanka
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Advanced Studies and Department of Toxicology, Faculty of Military Health SciencesUniversity of DefenceHradec KraloveCzech Republic

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