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From the Publisher:

A new field of medicine has emerged as a result of the global proliferation of terrorism. Terror medicine is related to emergency and disaster medicine but focuses on the constellation of medical issues uniquely related to terrorist attacks. The field encompasses four broad areas:

    • Preparedness
    • Incident management
    • Mechanisms of injuries and responses
    • Psychological consequences



"... should be read by anyone wanting to understand what may well be tomorrow's headlines."

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"... a valuable, highly readable analysis of an emerging global threat." Elaine Sciolino,
The New York Times

"Fascinating reading....a unique entree into the secretive world of chemical and biologic warfare."
The Journal of the American Medical Association

From the Publisher (W.H Freeman and Co., 1998):

The Eleventh Plague
deals with a terrifying and compelling subject: biological and chemical warfare. Using historical and contemporary examples, Cole explains what biological and chemical weapons are, how they are developed and tested, and what their effects can be.

He vividly describes the very real threat that Iraq would use chemical weapons in the Gulf War--real enough that every man, woman, and child in Israel had to wear a gas mask. He also analyzes the possibility that the so-called Gulf War syndrome may have been due to biological or chemical weapons, a possibility that federal investigations have yet to confirm or disprove....

The Eleventh Plague arms us with a frightening knowledge. What do recent political and technical developments suggest for the future? And how will we fight this increasingly ominous, deadly plague?


"Facinating.... The kind of book that should be passed around to friends and neighbors."
Health Physics

"Splendid.... Cole is so deft in analyzing the science and politics of radon that it is hard to know whether to laugh or cry."

From the Publisher (Oxford University Press, 1994):

The danger of radon--an oderless, potentially cancer-causing gas--struck home in the 1980s when whole neighborhoods were deemed unsafe and homeowners were forced to relocate, sometimes at great expense. But how much of a threat does radon really pose to Americans? Does the threat warrant an aggressive national policy? ... Homeowners and taxpayers, scientists and policymakers, will find [this book] essential reading.


"Biological weapons ... deserve a wider understanding. Dr. Cole's carefully researched account provides the best possible intorduction to this important subject."
Nicholas Wade, The New York Times

"... should be read by every concerned citizen. Cole has performed an invaluable service for the public and for biomedical scientists."
Jonathan King, MIT

From the Publisher (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1990):

Clouds of Secrecy is a probing examination of the Army's germ warfare testing program from World War II to the present. Using extensive information from congressional hearings, courtroom testimony, interviews, and government documents, the author details the nature of the Army's biological experiments, the reasoning behind the tests, and the effects on exposed human populations.




(Princeton University Press, 1976)

"The Specter of Biological Weapons" in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, Dec. 1996. Excerpt: "In 1980 only one country, the Soviet Union, had been named by the U.S. for violating the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, a treaty that prohibits the development or possession of biological weapons.

Since then, the number has ballooned. In 1989 Central Intelligence Agency director William Webster reported that "at least 10 countries" were developing biological weapons. By 1995, 17 countries had been named as biological weapons suspects.... Reversing this trend should be of paramount concern to the community of nations.

Indeed, the elimination of biological as well as chemical weaponry is a worthy, if difficult goal. The failure of this effort may increase the likelihood of the development of a manmade plague from Ebola or some other gruesome agent."


“The Threat of Biological Terrorism and Lessons from the 2001 Anthrax Attacks,” presentation at the conference on Terrorism’s Global Impact, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, Sept. 11-14, 2006.

“Bioweapons, Proliferation, and the U.S. Anthrax Attack,” presentation at the conference on Terrorism, Transnational Networks and WMD Proliferation (Sponsored by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency), Center for Contemporary Conflict, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, July 24-27, 2006.

“Confirmed BW Agent Use: U.S. Anthrax Letters,” presentation at the conference on Identification, Characterization, and Attribution of Biological Weapons Use (Sponsored by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency with Kings College, London), Kings College, London, UK, July 12-13, 2006.

“WMD and Lessons from the Anthrax Attacks,” chapter in David Kamien, ed., The McGraw-Hill Handbook of Homeland Security. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006.

Review of The Problem of Biological Weapons by Milton Leitenberg in Journal of Clinical Investigation, May 2005.

"Bioterrorism and Preparedness," Business Briefings: Clinical Virology and Infectious Diseases, December 2004.

Review of Smallpox: The Fight to Eradicate a Global Scourge by David Koplow in ISIS, Vol. 95, No., 2, June 2004.

“The 2001 Anthrax Attacks: Implications for the Medical Community,” Clinics in Dermatology Vol. 22, No. 2, March/

April 2004.

“Anthrax Bioterrorism, Two Years Later,” Homeland Security IntelWatch, (on-line) March 2004.

“A Double Standard on Suicide Terrorism,” Forward, February, 20, 2004.

“Ricin Assumptions Could Prove Deadly,” NewsMax, February 10, 2004.

"Domestic Threats: The Anthrax Letters," Conference on Counterproliferation at Ten (The Fight Against Weapons of Mass Destruction), Hosted by the US Air Force Counterproliferation Center and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Alexandria, VA, December 8, 2003.

"Bioterrorism 2001: The Anthrax Letters," Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, December 4, 2003.

“Persistence of a Mock Bio-Agent in Cross-Contaminated Mail and Mailboxes,” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Vol. 9, No. 5 (September/October 2003).

“Gone Today, Here Tomorrow?” review of Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82, by Elizabeth A. Fenn; Scourge: The Once and future Threat of Smallpox, by Jonathan B. Tucker; The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story, by Richard Preston in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (September/
October 2003).

“Bioterrorism Preparedness,” presentation, Conference on Technology and Terrorism at the Rutgers Institute for the Analysis of Terrorism, Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, February 13, 2003.

"Ethical Issues Concerning Outdoor Testing with Biological and Chemical Warfare Agents," Testimony before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC, July 10, 2002.

“Bioterrorism 2001: Lessons Learned and Remaining Uncertainties,” presented at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2002, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, March 26, 2002.

“Bioterrorism: What We Thought We Knew But Didn’t,” presentation to Sigma Xi, Honorary Science Society, University of Medicine, New Jersey, December 19, 2001.

“When Smallpox Failed,” The New York Times (Week in Review), December 2, 2001, WK-5.

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