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Bioterrorism & Bio-Weapons: Curator's Choice

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Barenblatt, Daniel. A plague upon humanity: the secret genocide of Axis Japan's germ warfare operation. New York, HarperCollins Publishers, c2004. 260 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   D810.B3B37 2004

Biological and chemical weapons. Edited by Stefan Kiesbye. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, c2010. 98 p.
   Bibliography: p. 85-92.
   UG447.8.B535 2010

Biological weapons. Edited by Clay Farris Naff. Detroit, Greenhaven Press/Thomson Gale, c2006. 191 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   UG447.8.B573 2006

Biological weapons defense: infectious diseases and counterbioterrorism. Edited by Luther E. Lindler, Frank J. Lebeda, George W. Korch. Totowa, NJ, Humana Press, c2005. 597 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RC88.9.T47B544 2005 FT MEADE

Biosecurity: origins, transformations and practices. Edited by Brian Rappert and Chandreĺ Gould. Basingstoke, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 250 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.

Dark medicine: rationalizing unethical medical research. Edited by William R. LaFleur, Gernot Bōhme, and Susumu Shimazono. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, c2007. 259 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   R853.H8D37 2007

Globalization, biosecurity, and the future of the life sciences. Committee on Advances in Technology and the Prevention of Their Application to Next Generation Biowarfare Threats, Development, Security, and Cooperation Policy and Global Affairs Division, Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, National Academies Press, c2006. 299 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HV6433.3.G56 2006

Guillemin, Jeanne. American anthrax: fear, crime, and the investigation of the nation's deadliest bioterror attack. New York, Times Books, 2011. 309 p.
   Bibliography: p. 263-288.
   HV6433.35.G85 2011

Guillemin, Jeanne. Anthrax: the investigation of a deadly outbreak. Berkeley, University of California Press, c1999. 321 p.
   Bibliography: p. 295-312.
   RA644.A6G85 1999

Guillemin, Jeanne. Biological weapons: from the invention of state-sponsored programs to contemporary bioterrorism. New York, Columbia University Press, c2005. 258 p.
   Bibliography: p. 207-242
   UG447.8.G85 2004

Harris, Sheldon H. Factories of death: Japanese biological warfare, 1932-1945, and the American cover-up. Rev. ed. New York, Routledge, 2002. 385 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   DS777.533.B55H37 2002

Newman, Barclay Moon. Japan's secret weapon. Edited by Peter Greenleaf. New York, Current Publishing Co., 1944. 223 p.
   “Clues and sources of evidence”: p. 215-219.

Pandemics and bioterrorism: transdisciplinary information sharing for decision-making against biological threats. Edited by Andrey Trufanov, Alessandra Rossodivita, and Matteo Guidotti. Amsterdam, Washington, IOS Press, c2010. 219 p. (NATO science for peace and security series, v. 62)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HV6433.3.P36 2010

Williams, Peter, and David Wallace. Unit 731: Japan's secret biological warfare in World War II. New York, Free Press, 1989. 303 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   D810.B3W55 1989


Technical Reports

Reports listed below are available at the Technical Reports and Standards Section of the Science, Technology and Business Division, with more information at:

Boueki daiinibu. <Japan>
   In Japanese. Translation of the title: Disease Prevention, Report Two. The report summarizes details of medical experiments done by Unit 731 in Manchuria.  It supplements information contained in "Japanese Medical Experiments During World War II."

Japanese Medical Experiments During World War II.<TRS>
   In English. These reports are part of the information obtained by American investigators from members of Unit 731-Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Unit (boeki kyusui bu) led by Gen. Shiro Ishii. The reports consist of three individual reports: Report of A; Report of G; and Report of Q (Parts 1 & 2; and Parts 3 & 4). These letters represent the biological agents: A, for anthrax; G, for glanders; and Q, for plague. Some of the descriptions of human tissues and organs include illustrations, some of which are color coded. Originally brought to the US as "top secret" items, but then "classified" at the Dugway, Utah Proving Ground library. The security level was downgraded to "unclassified" before arriving at the Library of Congress in 1960.
   See “Specialized Collections in TRS” in Technical Reports and Standards, accessible at


Internet Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC): Bioterrorism

Danzig, Richard and others. Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons. Center for a New American Security, July 2011. 68 p.

Interagency Working Group (IWG)-National Archives

National Bi defense Analysis and Countermeasures Center

National Institute of allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID): Biodefense and Related Programs

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)

Compiled by Tomoko Y. Steen, Ph.D
April 2012

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