The Medical Profession and Nuclear War: A Social History
JAMA. 1985 Aug 2; 254(5): 644-651.
Day and Waitzkin trace the social history of medical preparation for and resistance to nuclear war from the Manhattan Project of World War II to the activism of the 1980s. They focus on intellectual and organizational approaches that physicians have taken in addressing the problem of nuclear confrontation, and discuss the interplay between the American medical profession and the federal government on this issue. They identify ambiguities of medical professionalism that in the past have limited involvement in the nuclear debate, and conclude that the detrimental effects of the arms race on public health worldwide require physicians to play a more politically active role in preventing nuclear war. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Biomedical Research; Doctors; Federal Government; Government; Health; Health Hazards; Historical Aspects; Information Dissemination; International Aspects; Literature; Nuclear Warfare; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Public Health; Public Policy; Radiation; Research; Review; War;
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