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January 14, 1998

Biological and Chemical WarfareThe Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(2):164-165. doi:10.1001/jama.279.2.164-JBK0114-3-1

Most of us recall the repugnance and outrage we instinctively felt when we heard about of the possible use of gas by the Iraqis against the Kurds or when we chanced to see pictures of bloated victims, women and children, strewn about the villages. We felt the same abhorrence and incredulity at the news of the sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway. In particular, I vividly recall the image of a subway rider lying on the street with the subway entrance as a backdrop. He had a bloody discharge oozing from his nose and was obviously gasping for breath. As a mild asthmatic who has experienced the sense of suffocation, I identified with the victim and was doubly outraged at this senseless attack.

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