The Arms Race as a Threat to Health
Sidel, Victor W.
Lancet. 1988 Aug 20; 2(8608): 442-444.
For a quarter of a century, since the publication of our initial articles, members of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and their affiliates have been studying the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. The lesson we have learned and have widely taught is that doctors must work actively for the prevention of nuclear war. Although prevention remains our main goal, over the past five years many members of PSR and of the other national organisations have been concerned with the consequences of the arms race to health and well-being, even if the arms themselves are never directly used to kill and maim. These consequences have become known as "destruction before detonation."