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August 2, 1985

Physicians' antinuclear war group expanding to include child health

JAMA. 1985;254(5):585-586. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360050015002

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Cooperation—not confrontation." Dubbing their new policy with that slogan, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War federation undertook its fifth annual meeting early this summer in Budapest. This was the first time the group has met in an eastern European country.

The slogan, according to one conference participant, marks a shift in the organization's philosophy "from being against something to being for something." While for years this organization, formed in 1972 by Bernard Lown, MD, and Eugene Chazov, MD, (please see article on page 586) deplored increasing armament, "for the past two years—and especially since the Helsinki meeting last year—the thrust has shifted to preventing the final epidemic."

As Howard H. Hiatt, MD, explained in last year's keynote address, "if resources are diverted to health programs, one not only achieves social good, but likely also increases resistance to conflict and thereby strengthens world security" (JAMA 1984;252:635-638). In