Nerve Gases are among the most widely recognised and most often used
forms of lethal chemical warfare agents. More commonly known these days
as Nerve Agents (as they can also be liquids and solids that are easily
atomised in an explosion), these dangerous chemical cocktails can be manufactured
using fairly simple chemical techniques and inexpensive raw materials,
a consequence of which was terrifyingly illustrated by the Tokyo subway
attacks in the not too distant past.
Nerve agents aquired their name because of the effect they
have on the transmission of nerve impulses in the nervous system of affected
organisms. All nerve agents are known chemically as Organo - Phosphorus
compounds. They are stable compound which can be easily dispersed and absorbed
through the skin or by inhalation resulting in higly toxic, rapid effects.