Medicine in Defense Against Biological Warfare
Huxsoll, David L.
Parrott, Cheryl D.
Patrick, William C.
JAMA. 1989 Aug 4; 262(5): 677-679.
Personnel from the U.S. Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (Fort Detrick) offer their private views on why research in medical defenses against biological warfare is needed. They assert that research, development, storage, and use of medical countermeasures to biological weapons comply with and support the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. Huxsoll, et al. review the potential impact of the threat of biological warfare and describe the work of the medical component of the Army's Biological Defense Research Program. They emphasize the differences between defensive and offensive research, and argue that Army scientists have a moral, scientific, and political obligation to protect the armed forces from endemic disease and the potential threat of biological warfare. (KIE abstract)
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