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Gulf illness

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 11 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1574
  1. P Beale
  1. Ministry of Defence, London WC1V 6HE.

    EDITOR, - Recently, the Gulf war has been held responsible for a new mystery illness, the “Desert Storm syndrome” or “Gulf illness.” I wish to describe the steps being taken by the defence medical services to investigate these claims. During the past year we have assessed patients who have developed symptoms which they maintain were caused by service in the conflict in the Gulf in 1990-1. Because about half of the troops who served in the Gulf have left the services it has not been simple to identify, let alone gain access to, all those who claim to exhibit such symptoms.

    For those who are still serving, referral for assessment is a …

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