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June 11, 1982

The Final Epidemic: Physicians and Scientists on Nuclear War

JAMA. 1982;247(22):3138. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320470078042

This compact book on a topic of great importance to physicians today has 22 contributors, 14 of whom are physicians. One physician, E. I. Chazov, is the USSR Deputy Minister of Health. Ten of the contributors are associated with Harvard University. Other experts include Professor Rotblat of the University of London, Professor P. J. Lindop of St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, R. J. Lifton, professor of psychiatry at Yale, and Herbert Scoville, Jr, president of the Arms Control Association.

The book is a distillation of lectures selected from continuing medical education symposia given around the country over the last two years sponsored by a number of medical schools, including those at Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. These symposia were very successful and well attended, with the number of participants ranging from 700 at the first symposium at Harvard to 3,000 at the most recent symposium in Los Angeles. Chapter topics include