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August 2, 2000

Biological Warfare in the 1940s and 1950s

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(5):561. doi:10.1001/jama.284.5.561

To the Editor: In their book, Drs Endicott and Hagerman contend that the United States used biological weapons during the Korean conflict.1 In their review of that book Drs Wilde and Johnson's skepticism is understandable, but they imply that the medical evidence is vague, that it was collected by unqualified scientists, and that it cannot pass epidemiological examination.2 None of these criticisms is valid.