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December 6, 1985

Nuclear Threat: What About the Russians?

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San Antonio, Tex

JAMA. 1985;254(21):3033. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210046012

To the Editor.—  Certainly no one I know is in favor of nuclear war. I am acquainted, however, with the broadest range of opinions as to how such a war can best be avoided. Some of these appeared in your Aug 2,1985, issue.Volumes could, and should, be written about comments made and conclusions drawn, but in the interest of brevity, I include two observations:Cassel et al1 quote the Soviet physicians' oath, then promptly fail to take any note of the most significant phrase in the script: "to be guided in all my actions by the principles of Communist morality." Even a cursory consultation of the works and speeches of the originators of Soviet communism, as well as a similar examination of the works and speeches of their present-day successors in power, would have informed these correspondents that "Communist morality" is that morality that benefits the state, or,