Cold War at Porton Down: Informed Consent in Britain's Biological and Chemical Warfare Experiments

  title={Cold War at Porton Down: Informed Consent in Britain's Biological and Chemical Warfare Experiments},
  author={Ulf Schmidt},
  journal={Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics},
  pages={366 - 380}
  • U. Schmidt
  • Published 9 August 2006
  • History
  • Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
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