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Poisoned food, poisoned uniforms, and anthrax: or, how guerillas die in war.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15484386     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many people believe that Rhodesia, struggling to maintain minority rule in Africa, used chemical and biological weapons against African guerilla armies in the liberation war. Clothes and food were routinely poisoned, and Rhodesian agents, perhaps in concert with global forces of reaction, caused the largest single outbreak of anthrax in modern times. Oral interviews with traditional healers and Rhodesians' confessional memoirs of the war suggest that deaths by poisoning or disease were not so straightforward, that guerillas and healers and doctors struggled to understand not only what caused death but also what kind of death a poisoned uniform or poisoned boot was.
Luise White
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Osiris     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0369-7827     ISO Abbreviation:  Osiris     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-14     Completed Date:  2004-11-15     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0057764     Medline TA:  Osiris     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  220-33     Citation Subset:  Q    
Department of History, 025 Keene-Flint Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.
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MeSH Terms
Antigens, Bacterial*
Bacterial Toxins*
Foodborne Diseases*
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Military Personnel*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antigens, Bacterial; 0/Bacterial Toxins; 0/anthrax toxin

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