Doctors involved in South Africa's biological warfare programme

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1852
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa has been rocked by a series of disclosures at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concerning the previous government's biological and chemical warfare programme.

    The programme, which was a military operation, was designed, run, staffed, and researched by doctors, scientists, a dentist, and at least one veterinarian. Leading the programme was Dr Wouter Basson, the private physician of the former president, P W Botha.

    Although Dr Basson is required to testify before the Truth Commission (which is empowered by …

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