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Author Gellert, G. A.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT. ♦ NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS ♦ RADIATION HAZARDS ♦ FORECASTING ♦ GLOBAL ASPECTS ♦ INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ♦ INTERNATIONAL LAWS ♦ INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ♦ MEDICAL PERSONNEL ♦ WARFARE ♦ COOPERATION ♦ EXPLOSIONS ♦ HAZARDS ♦ HEALTH HAZARDS ♦ LAWS ♦ PERSONNEL 560151* -- Radiation Effects on Animals-- Man
Abstract International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War has had an impressive public impact in the 1980s, helping to shatter the myths of surviving and medically responding to a nuclear attack. The 1990s present a new challenge for the medical community in a different social and international context characterized by increasing global interdependence. Another view of physician activism is presented to complement advocacy for nuclear disarmament in the promotion of peace. A framework for analysis is provided by fateful visions--accepted policy views of prospective superpower relations--drawn from practitioners of foreign policy, international relations, and security affairs. A perceptual gap may exist between physicians who wish to address underlying ethical and public health concerns on security issues and policy practitioners who are accustomed to discussion within existing policy frames of reference that can be pragmatically used. A strategy is proposed for physicians to use their specialized training and skills to evaluate trends in global health interdependence. The international physicians' movement may contribute substantively to the formulation of policy by expanding and interpreting an increasingly complex database on interdependence, and by creating a dialogue with policy formulators based on mutual recognition of the value and legitimacy of each professions' expertise and complementary contributions to international security policy.
ISSN 00987484
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1990-08-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume Number 264
Issue Number 5


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