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A WORKSHOP at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was supposed to reassure Persian Gulf veterans that everything that can be done is being done to investigate their mysterious health complaints.
Yet even giving the military full benefit of the doubt, it is hard not to conclude that its efforts to date have created a candy store for conspiracy buffs.
Data from the US Department of Defense (DOD) Science Board's study of who might have been exposed to what were promised but not presented to an independent panel at the NIH Technology Assessment Workshop on the Persian Gulf Experience and Health in Bethesda, Md, last month. Other types of information the panel wanted were not made available, and so many of the most basic questions remain unanswered that it is probably impossible to say what is, or even if there is such a thing as, Persian Gulf syndrome.
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