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Mortality in British military participants in human experimental research into chemical warfare agents at Porton Down: cohort study

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 25 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b613

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Confound the myths

This is an excellent contribution. It points out clearly that there
is no poor health link between extraordinary service in the military and
ordinary combat,confirming the findings of the Great War, the World War,
Korea and Vietnam It also means that other factors have to be considered
in military life, leadership, immunisation in NBC warfare with
geographical and social background etc.
Possibly it gives and indication into PTSD/Combat fatigue and the on going
life cycle of the soldier in peace and war

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 March 2009
Charles E. Mac Kay
Local government
GCC G2 2lm