Pathogens for War explores how Canada and its allies have
attempted to deal with the threat of germ warfare, one of the most
fearful weapons of mass destruction, since the Second World War. In
addressing this subject, distinguished historian Donald Avery
investigates the relationship between bioweapons, poison gas, and
nuclear devices, as well as the connection between bioattacks and
natural disease pandemics. Avery emphasizes the crucially important
activities of Canadian biodefence scientists - beginning with Nobel
Laureate Frederick Banting - at both the national level and through
cooperative projects within the framework of an elaborate alliance
Delving into history through a rich collection of declassified
documents, Pathogens for War also devotes several chapters to the
contemporary challenges of bioterrorism and disease pandemics from
both national and international perspectives. As such, readers will
not only learn about Canada's secret involvement with biological
warfare, but will also gain new insights into current debates about
the peril of bioweapons - one of today's greatest threats to world
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