Chemical weapons did not cause the Gulf war syndrome

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:692

The United States Defense Department believes that no evidence implicates chemical or biological weapons as causes of the illnesses suffered by veterans of the Gulf war, even though many of the illnesses cannot be diagnosed. Testifying to Congress, Dr Stephen Joseph, assistant secretary of defence for health affairs, said, “There is no one unique, single, overriding cause” of the illnesses that have come …

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