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June 1987

Nuclear Energy

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School One Robert Wood Johnson Place (CN 19) New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0019

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(6):603. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460060021013

Sir.—I welcome any effort to increase awareness of the problems of nuclear energy, such as Dr Beverly Morgan's1 "Nuclear Energy and Its Effect on Mankind." However, I was disappointed that her opinion piece concluded by asking a question and stating a generality. We know enough now to give answers to most questions about nuclear energy and to make specific recommendations for remedies.

We know that the health effects of the atomic bombs dropped over Japan, the weapon tests in the Pacific and the American West, and accidents that have occurred in nuclear power plants in several countries (including our own) are only mild warnings of possible (indeed probable) future nuclear disasters that threaten the health and lives of millions of persons, if not the future of mankind itself.

We know that the only way to prevent such possible disasters is for nationsake specific steps, including the following: (1) a complete cessation of development and testing of

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