December 6, 1985

Preventing Nuclear War Remains the Top Priority for IPPNW-Reply

Author Affiliations

Copresident International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Boston

JAMA. 1985;254(21):3031. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210045007

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In Reply.—  I welcome Dr Irwin's thoughtful letter. The IPPNW has not deviated from its primary objective of "eradicating the greatest public health threat of all time." This has been and will continue to be the exclusive mission of our movement until the world is freed of the nuclear threat.Dr Irwin and I agree that the $800 billion spent annually on arms is money diverted from the pressing social and medical needs of the underdeveloped and developed countries. The arms race has an adverse impact on millions of human beings. Children in the Third World are already living in the rubble of World War III. It is the hope of IPPNW that by educating the public about this tragedy, the world will demand a reordering of priorities. The IPPNW can go one step further and demonstrate that physicians from the competing power blocs can cooperate to improve world health