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Herbicides in War: The Long-term Ecological and Human Consequences

Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN 0-85066-265-6
210 pp.

This volume is the first product of the SIPRI/UNEP programme on 'Military activities and the human environment'. The programme uses an environmental, rather than a geopolitical, approach to the study of warfare and of military activity in general. Professor Arthur H. Westing, an ecologist known for his work on these issues, was joint organizer of a symposium held in Viet Nam which studied the effects of herbicides used in that country. He has edited the papers, written by world authorities on the issues raised by the use of herbicides, and summarizes their conclusions in his introductory chapter. This book is undoubtedly the definitive work on the effects of the use of herbicides in war.


1. Herbicides in war: Past and present

Arthur H. Westing

2. Terrestrial plant ecology and forestry

3. Terrestrial animal ecology

4. Soil ecology

5. Coastal, aquatic and marine ecology

6. Cancer and clinical epidemiology

7. Reproductive epidemiology

8. Experimental toxicology and cytogenetics

9. Dioxin chemistry


Appendix 1. Bibliography

Arthur H. Westing

Appendix 2. Scientific names of biota

Appendix 3. International Symposium on Herbicides and Defoliants in War: The Long-term Effects on Man and Nature, Ho Chi Minh City, 13–20 January

Appendix 4. Overall Symposium summary

Hoàng Dình Câu et al.