Science: In Case of BW

How serious a threat to the nation is biological warfare? Last week, in a 30-page booklet entitled What You Should Know About Biological Warfare, the federal Civil Defense Administration gave an answer designed to take much of the mystery and Sunday-supplement terror out of the subject. CDA's main point: disease germs are valuable as a military weapon, and may be used in war, but no man-made pestilence is likely to sweep the whole U.S.

Fast-spreading pestilences that killed much of the population during the Middle Ages were a product of the verminous times, when little was known about medicine, and virtually nothing...

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