Debate over US Gulf war syndrome continues

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1392
  1. John Roberts
  1. North American editor, BMJ.

    Evidence is accumulating that the so called Gulf war syndrome has affected not only soldiers who served in the war in 1991 but also their partners and perhaps their children. About 20000 of the 700000 American troops who served in the Gulf war have signed a register of potential sufferers of the syndrome, which has been said to cause fatigue, myalgias, and other vague symptoms.

    Late last month 400 preliminary responses in a survey of 1000 of those on the register showed that 78% of their spouses and 65% of their children born since the war had suffered some sort of unusual symptoms, according to a spokesperson …

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