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October 19, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(16):1281-1287. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760420051020

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Sept. 21, 1935.

The Most Barbarous Perversion of Science  This country is much exercised about protecting the civilian population against air attacks. At a meeting of the National Peace Council, which was attended by eminent scientists such as Sir F. Gowland Hopkins, P.R.S., Earl Russell, F.R.S., Professor Soddy and Julian Huxley, the precautions taken by the government were criticized. The council has issued a statement in which it views with apprehension the growing tendency in official quarters of this and other countries to accept the use of aircraft for unrestricted bomb and gas attacks on civil populations. It considers this the most barbarous perversion of science and industry of human history and is sure that it would in a short time lead to the breakdown of civilized life. Nothing short of abolition of aerial bombing can prevent this result. The method (implicit in the British

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