Medicine: Death in Convenient Bottles

Two Columbia bacteriologists got to thinking about a very nasty subject: bacterial warfare. They decided that the U.S. Government ought to know what they were thinking, so they wrote it all down in a 40,000-word paper. That was early in 1942; the authors were subsequently hired by the Government's ultra-secret biological warfare section. Even though it was written without access to Washington's secret information, the paper looked like much too thorough an estimate of the possibilities of bacterial warfare for general circulation in wartime.

This week, five years later, the paper is being...

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