chapter  9
32 Pages

Once More into the Gulf

Over the past half century American attitudes about risks incurred in the line of duty have changed greatly. In the years immediately following World War II the primary concern was how much exposure to radiation or biological or chemical agents human beings could withstand. In practical terms, defense planners worried about the ability of men to function in combat when exposed to these new kinds of weapons, and medical researchers struggled to determine how much exposure was ”permissible” in the course of an experiment.