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Britain and Biological Warfare: Expert Advice and Science Policy, 1930-65

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7333.370 (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:370
  1. Christopher Martyn
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    Palgrave, £45, pp 246

    ISBN 0 333 75430 1

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    In the London Review of Books recently, Hugh Pennington, professor of medical microbiology at Aberdeen University, suggested that the big puzzle about anthrax was that terrorists had so far used it so little. Contrary to the reassuring propaganda about the difficulties of preparing spores and preventing them clumping, he reckoned that anyone who had had some basic training in bacteriology could do it.

    Even before contaminated mail caused the outbreak of anthrax in the United States last year, disaffected groups had attempted to cause harm using biological agents. In 1985, more than 700 people in Oregon developed salmonella gastroenteritis after a religious …

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