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December 6, 1985

The Medical Response to Nuclear War-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of California, Irvine

JAMA. 1985;254(21):3032. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210045009

In Reply.—  We stand by the statements in our article. We noted that DDP has backed the federal government's plans for the Civilian Military Contingency Hospital System and the Crisis Relocation Plan. These proposals call for extensive medical preparations for nuclear war. The linkages of DDP to the national civil defense effort are clear from DDP's own published literature, which states that "DDP was first proposed by physicians attending a meeting of The American Civil Defense Association in Wichita, Kansas, on October 9, 1982."1 We also noted that spokespersons for DDP have argued for a continuing arms buildup. Although individuals like Dr Orient sometimes try to distinguish their individual attitudes from DDP's official position, this distinction is seldom clear to the medical profession or the general public. The advocacy of new weapon systems by DDP officers and spokespersons has conveyed an unfortunate impression, sometimes appearing in medical publications,2