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December 6, 1985

The Medical Response to Nuclear War

Author Affiliations

Physicians for Social Responsibility Burlington, Mass

JAMA. 1985;254(21):3032. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210045010

To the Editor.—  Your Aug 2 issue, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, was superb. In particular, Paul Boyer's article was a gem. It should be required reading for all physicians interested in these important issues. The American Medical Association is to be congratulated for recognizing that the medical consequences of nuclear war, the psychologic factors that fuel the arms race, and diversion of funding from medical care to nuclear weapons research, development, and production are all properly within the professional interest and responsibility of physicians.I would like to comment on some of the points made by Day and Waitzkin1 in their article, "The Medical Profession and Nuclear War." Their statement that the US leaders of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (all of whom are also members of Physicians for Social Responsibility [PSR]) blame the United States chiefly for the arms race is