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January 28, 1998

Propaganda Value of Allegations of Biological Warfare in the Korean War

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(4):274. doi:10.1001/jama.279.4.271

To the Editor.—In their article describing historical perspectives of biological warfare, Dr Christopher and colleagues1 cite an article by Van Courtland Moon2 and my article3 and remark that biological warfare in Korea was propaganda, "regardless of veracity" of the allegations. Van Courtland Moon has underscored that no outside investigator was admitted to Korea, and the real motives for refusal of admission were not known. In my article, the allegations of biological warfare are disputed, and I presented information from 2 reporters, Tibor Meray from Hungary and Lucjan Pracki from Poland, who were in Korea in 1952.