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Biotechnology, Weapons, and Humanity
Biotechnology, Weapons, and Humanity
By The British Medical Association
Harwood Academic Press, 1999, 176 pp

A useful primer on the subject of biological warfare. The BMA's authors summarize trends in technology, arms control, and potential threats clearly and briefly, but their military acumen is more open to doubt. One photograph, for example, identifies a group of soldiers in the Persian Gulf as American even though they are in fact British -- evidence of the authors' embarrassing ignorance. The uniforms, helmets, and small arms of their own country's armed forces are all quite different from those of the Yanks. Still, the book remains a handy reference.