Biological Weapons and Political Outbreaks

Jeanne Guillemin

in Anthrax

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780520222045
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927100 | DOI:
Biological Weapons and Political Outbreaks

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This chapter discusses the political outbreaks and biological weapons connected to the 1979 anthrax outbreak in Russia. It first narrates the research team's presentation in the Brookings Institution, where they reviewed the series of interviews conducted with public health officials and physicians, and discussed the materials of Abramova and Grinberg's autopsy materials. The chapter then looks at the interviews with the victims' families, which confirmed the organized public health response that was described by officials, and also notes the reactions to the autopsy data and addresses the possibility that Russia is still stockpiling biological weapons. The conflict between Russia and the West is also discussed.

Keywords: political outbreaks; biological weapons; autopsy materials; public health response; autopsy data; stockpiling

Chapter.  3753 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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