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© 2001

From Biological Warfare to Healthcare

Porton Down 1940–2000

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 1-3
  3. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 4-18
  4. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 19-39
  5. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 40-55
  6. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 56-75
  7. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 76-92
  8. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 93-110
  9. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 111-117
  10. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 118-126
  11. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 127-141
  12. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 142-156
  13. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 157-176
  14. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 177-187
  15. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 188-210
  16. Peter Hammond, Gradon Carter
    Pages 211-235
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 236-280

About this book

Introduction

Using primary sources and personal experience, this book traces the origins of microbiology at the government establishments at Porton Down. Begun in secrecy during World War II, early work concentrated on a response to the threat of biological warfare from Germany. It traces Porton's pioneering work on deadly diseases such as anthrax, through to the Centre's modern role in healthcare. It provides an invaluable source of information for scientists and historians alike, particularly for those interested in political and military history.

Keywords

building Europe experience German Germany health history history of literature medicine military history perception press warfare World War II

About the authors

PETER HAMMOND is currently Head of Information Services at the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at Porton Down. He has held various positions in the Centre in protein chemistry, process development and reagent manufacturing, and has published widely in the scientific literature.

GRADON CARTER is a Retired Civil Servant. He joined the Chemical Defence Establishment's Medical Division at Porton in 1979 and from 1984 until his retirement in1990 he was Head of its Technical Intelligence and Information Section. He then became a part-time consultant on historical matters for the CBD sector of DERA. In 1992 HMSO published his Porton Down: 75 Years of Chemical and Biological Research, marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment.

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Reviews

'From Biological Warfare to Healthcare provides an invaluable, definitive and authoritative account of the history of microbiological science at Porton Down providing insight into the nature of the work and its purpose since it began in 1940 to the present day by two exceptionally well qualified members of Porton with direct experience of over 50 years.' - Dr Graham S. Pearson, Visiting Professor of International Security, University of Bradford

'...a detailed and comprehensive overview.' - Valerie Seefreed, Royal United Services Institute Journal