Biochemical terrorism: The medical threat in the twenty-first century

Ido Laish, Maor Maman, Nir Marcus, Eran Rotman, Jehoshua Dor*, Ariel Hourvitz

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September 11, 2001, forever changed the landscape surrounding terrorism. The oceans no longer protected the United States from terrorists. And as incidences in the Philippines, Spain, Iraq, and other corners of the globe have found, no place on the planet can be considered risk-free. Unfortunately, not only must the world be concerned with acts of violence and destruction, but also with the threat of a more insidious nature - chemical and biological terrorism. According to a March 29, 2004, article in the New York Times, the Pentagon released parts of an unclassified document suggesting that the United States is "woefully ill-prepared to detect and respond to a bioterrorist assault." In this article, our authors offer us a first-hand window into an important and regrettably necessary area of medicine that could affect us both as physicians and citizens in the twenty-first century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-113
Number of pages6
JournalSexuality, Reproduction and Menopause
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004


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