No More Hiroshimas
Lancet. 1989 Oct 28; 2(8670): 1051-1053.
Dyer reports on the ninth World Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), held in Hiroshima, Japan, in October 1989. Taking as their theme "No more Hiroshimas," IPPNW participants visited the sites of the only acts of nuclear war -- the 1945 U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended World War II. Scientific sessions updated information on the health effects of radiation. The congress issued an appeal for "a new agenda of moral priorities" that urges the implementation of five measures: the immediate cessation of all nuclear testing; a halt to the production of bomb-grade fissile material; conversion of secret weapons laboratories to open scientific institutes addressing environmental issues; reallocation of 50% of military spending to health and environmental projects; and the establishment of a U.N. Peace Research Centre at Hiroshima and a scholarship program to educate future world leaders about nuclear war. (KIE abstract)
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