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Australian army infected troops and internees in second world war

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1233
  1. Georgina Kenyon
  1. Erskineville, Australia

    An investigation has found that the Australian army deliberately infected Australian troops and Italian and German internees with malaria and dengue fever at the end of the second world war as part of a drug trial. Many of the men and women who participated in the trials are now questioning the validity of the informed consent procedures and are complaining of subsequent health problems. They are also requesting war service pensions.

    As a result of the reports in the Australian media, in particular in The Age in Melbourne and the Sydney Morning Herald, the minister for veterans' …

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