0
ARTICLE |

Physicians Confront the Apocalypse:  The American Medical Profession and the Threat of Nuclear War

Paul Boyer, PhD
JAMA. 1985;254(5):633-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360050071029.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

IN THE resurgence of nuclear weapons activism and cultural awareness that swept the United States in the early 1980s, physicians figured prominently. The Australian pediatrician Helen Caldicott gained national visibility as president of the 30,000-member Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dean Howard Hiatt, of the Harvard School of Public Health; psychiatrist John Mack, of Harvard Medical School; H. Jack Geiger, of the City College of New York School of Biomedical Education; and Yale psychiatrist Robert Lifton were influential voices in the antinuclear cause. In The Final Epidemic: Physicians and Scientists on Nuclear War,1 and Last Aid: The Medical Dimensions of Nuclear War,2 medical leaders spoke out on this issue. The Journal of the American Medical Association published major articles on aspects of the subject, including the role of the medical profession in preventing nuclear holocaust.3,4

This article seeks to place this activism in historical context. Focusing on the

Topics

Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

Figures

Tables

References

CME
Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();