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November 17, 1999

Biological Warfare: The United States and Biological Warfare: Secrets From the Early Cold War and Korea

Author Affiliations

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


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JAMA. 1999;282(19):1877-1878. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1877

This book is written in the style of an investigative news report. The authors accuse US and Canadian forces of having waged offensive biological warfare by using artificially infected insects as vectors during the Korean campaign. We concede that all major powers have experimented with biological warfare agents.1 However, this book suffers from many defects, specifically the use of anecdotal data that appear questionable when seen in the light of current science. Terms like "encephalitis" and "meningitis" are thrown at the reader without definition.