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Author Goodwin, Bridget.

Title Keen as mustard : Britain's horrific chemical warfare experiments in Australia / Bridget Goodwin
Published St Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 1998


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 MELB  623.45920994 Goo/Kam  DUE 05-03-20
Description xviii, 361 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Series UQP paperback
UQP paperbacks.
Contents 1. Human experimentation and chemical weapons -- 2. Mango Avenue, mustard gas and the Major -- 3. Useless defences -- 4. The Brook Island trials -- 5. "Volunteers" -- 6. Moira and the girls -- 7. Post-1943 understanding of chemical agents and the volunteers' quest for justice -- App. 1. WHO description of the toxicological symptoms of mustard gas poisoning -- App. 2. Reference index of volunteers and reports of chemical warfare experiments -- App. 3. Volunteers for chemical warfare experiments in 1942-43 -- App. 4. Maurice Maunder's commendation card -- App. 5. Causualty assessment of volunteers -- App. 6. The assault course -- App. 7. Gorrill's Brook Island instructions -- App. 8. Main chemical warfare agents -- App. 9. Volunteer's poem: "The Guinea Pigs" -- App. 10. Summary of health problems reported by US veterans
Summary "This extraordinary expose uncovers the extent of Britain's inhuman treatment of Australian soldiers as mustard gas guinea-pigs during World War II. These top secret trials were conducted in North Queensland, with often shocking consequences for the hapless volunteers."--BOOK JACKET. "As well as graphically revealing the first-hand experiences of many survivors, this story delves into the origins of chemical warfare. It treats the scientific culture of experimentation and the growing movement to ban such weapons after the terrible gas casualties on the Western Front."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Chemical weapons
Defence personnel
Federal issue
Great Britain
Human experimentation
Mustard gas
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographic references (pages [300]-311) and index
Subject Chemical weapons -- Australia -- Testing.
Gases, Asphyxiating and poisonous -- War use -- Australia -- Testing.
Gases, Asphyxiating and poisonous -- War use -- Australia -- Queensland -- Testing.
Human experimentation in medicine -- Australia.
Human experimentation in medicine -- Great Britain.
Mustard gas -- Testing.
Mustard gas.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Chemical warfare -- Australia.
Chemical Warfare.
Human Experimentation -- history.
Military Personnel.
Mustard Gas -- toxicity.
Research Personnel.
Scientific Misconduct.
United Kingdom.
United Kingdom.
LC no. 98217406
ISBN 0702229415 (paperback)