Views And Reviews

Listening to the silence

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6960.1024 (Published 15 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1024
  1. S Spence

    Pathe newsreels, the voice of the British establishment; such were the invitations from the postwar Ministry of Defence. British servicemen were invited to volunteer as subjects for Porton Down. This was portrayed as a pleasant holiday camp. A Carry On film-style scenario showed a naked woman in a shower momentarily interrupted by a worthy volunteer (oo-er!), presumably a semaphore for something beginning with “s” and ending with “x”. In fact, what they received was something beginning with nerve gas and ending in death or years of disability. Disability and silence.

    * A volunteer taking part in trials at Porton Down

    The upturned face of a …

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