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On Ebay, I purchased what is supposed to be a surgical mask from World War One. It covers the face, has a strap on the back and two eye holes.  Do you know if this was a type of mask used in WWI surgery or in the field (it's a U.S. item). Any information you have would be very helpful. Thanks, T. M.

Honestly, this is the first time I hear about these things and see them. Before you asked I was not aware that they exist. I know nothing about them but there is somewhere in the US a museum of military medical history. The Pentagon must know where it is and how to contact it. Ask the people there. They should know. Good luck!

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Claes-Gustaf Nordquist, M.D.


I`m a retired Swedish military physician-surgeon with a big interest in military history - mainly European and especially of the Nordic-Scandinavian area. This also includes the history of military medicine.


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