Colonel James S. Ketchum, USA (ret.) is a medical doctor
and “Board Certified Psychiatrist & Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA, who received his education at Dartmouth
and Columbia colleges, Cornell Medical School, Letterman Army Hospital, Walter Reed Army Hospital and Stanford University.
In addition to his research at Edgewood
Arsenal, he has broad experience in the area of alcohol and drug abuse and has published numerous scientific articles and
book chapters. His teaching activities include: invited lectures; seminars; and, the direct supervision of medical students.
As a clinician, he spent 30 years in hospital and office settings, as well as a variety of community clinics and residential
Colonel James S. Ketchum is the
author of Chemical Warfare Secrets Almost Forgotten: A Personal Story of Medical Testing of Army Volunteers with
Incapacitating Chemical Agents during the Cold War (1955-1975).
According to the book description of
Chemical Warfare Secrets Almost Forgotten: A Personal Story of Medical Testing of Army Volunteers with Incapacitating
Chemical Agents during the Cold War (1955-1975), “Chemical warfare watchers, from scientists to policy
advocates, often wonder what went on at the Army Chemical Center during the 1960s. It was a decade in which
thousands of Army enlisted men served as volunteers for the secret testing of chemical agents. The actual historical record,
however, has until now remained disturbingly incomplete.
Written by the physician who played a pivotal role in the psychoactive drug testing
of hundreds of volunteers, the story breaks an official silence that has lasted almost fifty years. Dr. James Ketchum may
be the only scientist still equal to the task. His book goes a long way toward revealing the contents of once classified documents
that still reside in restricted archives.
The author spent most of a decade testing
over a dozen potential incapacitating agents including, LSD, BZ and marijuana derivatives. His 380-page
narrative, is loaded with both old and recent photographs, and derives from technical reports, memoranda, films, notes and
memories. The book is written primarily for the general reader, but is supplemented by a voluminous appendix
of graphs and tables for the technically inclined. Dr. Ketchum’s book combines a subjective diary with an objective
report of the external events that shaped and eventually terminated the program. Informal and autobiographical
in style, it includes numerous amusing anecdotes and personality portraits that make it simultaneously intriguing and informative.”