Science: War of Nerves

Next to the H-bomb and the atom bomb, there are few more controversial, carefully guarded U.S. defense secrets than the weapons of chemical and bacteriological warfare. Such an eminent bacteriologist as Johns Hopkins University's Professor Perrin H. Long has dismissed the whole subject of germ warfare as "bunk" (TIME, April 10). But last week the Army Chemical Corps's Major General Anthony ("Nuts") McAuliffe, hero of Bastogne, gave the U.S. a quick peek behind the curtain of secrecy. Addressing a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Detroit, General McAuliffe hinted that the U.S. was hard at work perfecting new poison gases...

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