Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1996: Summary and Research Highlights (1997)
The Preface, Contents, and Executive Summary of this document are reproduced in full from Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1996. In addition, excerpts from Chapters 9 and 11 of the full report, which deal with birth defects and acute and subacute transient peripheral neuropathy, respectively, are reproduced here. Research on these two conditions is highlighted in this publication because the committee’s conclusions regarding them are based on information that was not available at the time the original report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam (1994) was written. Additional information concerning the incidence of birth defects in the children of Vietnam veterans led the committee that wrote the Update 1996 to reassess all the information regarding a possible association between this health outcome and herbicide exposure and to change a conclusion reached in 1994. Acute and subacute transient peripheral neuropathy were not addressed in the 1994 report, thus the information in Update 1996 presents the committee’s conclusions regarding this new disease category. All Chapter references in the text refer to chapters in the full report.
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