Reviews Book

Spores, Plagues and History: The Story of Anthrax

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:577
  1. Itzhak Brook, professor of paediatrics (
  1. Georgetown University, Washington, DC, United States

    This book begins dramatically with compelling information about the bioterrorism attack involving anthrax sent through the postal system in the United States in 2001. Holmes describes the patients' cases in great detail, combining medical descriptions (radiological and clinical pictures) with the drama of the events as they emerged. He then summarises the use of anthrax, as well as other microbes, as agents of bioterrorism and warfare agents. More generally, …

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