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Prescriptions on bioterrorism have it backwards

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1211
  1. Hillel W Cohen, assistant professor (,
  2. Victor W Sidel, distinguished university professor.,
  3. Robert M Gould, chairperson.
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, New York 10461, USA
  2. Peace Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility, San Francisco, CA 94704, USA

    EDITOR—Rosen makes several factual misstatements in his editorial on bioterrorism.1 For example, the vaccine for anthrax has been shown to be effective only for the cutaneous form of anthrax and not for the inhalation form used in weapons.2 He states that anthrax vaccine is not being produced, but the Pentagon has embarked on a massive effort to produce this vaccine and to inoculate all US troops on active duty. This programme is now under sharp attack in Congress for possible adverse …

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