Japanese Use of Plague during World War II

I've been reading Sheldon Harris' Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-1945, and the American Cover-up. (Rev. ed, 2002), considered the definitive book on biological warfare in the Pacific theater during WWII. My primary interest is in Japanese research and use of plague in their biological warfare program.  Since this blog is, in part, a... Continue Reading →

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Shi Daonan’s “Death of Rats”

Given that China has a rat in its zodiac and a Year of the Rat, it really isn't surprising that they did pay attention to rat deaths associated with the plague. A young poet from Zhaoshou county in the western Yunnan province of China named Shi Daonan (1765-92) wrote this poem: Dead rats in the... Continue Reading →

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