Tests on volunteers at Porton Down

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1443 (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1443
  1. Hugh Dudley
  1. Chairman, independent ethics committee, Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JG.

    EDITOR,—In his review of the Network First programme “The Secrets of Porton Down” Sean Spence rightly draws attention to the inadequacies of assessment of research programmes carried out at what is now the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, in which volunteers participated.1 Perfect hindsight can also, however, be applied to many research protocols in civilian life during the first three decades after the second world war. The Ministry of Defence …

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