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The Long Aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War

Simon Wessely, MA, BM BCh, MSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych
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From King's Centre for Military Health Research, King's College London, London SE5 9RJ, United Kingdom.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: The King's Centre for Military Health Research has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.K. Ministry of Defence, the U.K. Medical Research Council, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.K. Economic and Social Science Research Council.

Requests for Single Reprints: Simon Wessely, MA, BM BCh, MSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, King's Centre for Military Health Research, King's College London, Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ, United Kingdom; e-mail, s.wessely@iop.kcl.ac.uk.

Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(2):155-156. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-141-2-200407200-00015
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Soldiers fortunate enough to return from war in sound body have often encountered further problems (12). Nevertheless, the scale and nature of the problems reported by veterans of what we must now call the first Gulf War came as a surprise. Casualties were fortunately extremely light and the duration of fighting short. Yet with the passage of time, a trickle, then a flood, of veterans on both sides of the Atlantic began reporting health problems.

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