Join Over 150 Medical Journals Jointly Calling for Nuclear Abolition August 17, 2023
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This month, over 150 medical journals around the world–including prestigious publications such as The Lancet, British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA–issued a rare joint editorial calling for immediate action to mitigate the escalating threat of nuclear war and accelerate the elimination of nuclear weapons. This plea for action takes the form of an editorial co-authored by 11 leading medical and health journals, the World Association of Medical Editors, and esteemed members of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The editorial was timed to coincide with the 78th anniversary of the tragic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Here is where you come in: it is now our job to ensure this call for urgent action reaches as many health professionals as possible. Contact the editor of any health-oriented publications you subscribe to–such as your prime specialty journal–and urge them to place the joint editorial in their publication.
“As humanity struggles with multiple existential threats, it is marvelous to see the editors of leading medical journals of the world united in a prescription to reduce the threat of nuclear war,” PSR members and doctors James Muller and Joe Hodgkin write in support of the editorial. “This advice is timely, as the ongoing war in Ukraine poses a risk of uncontrollable escalation to the use of nuclear weapons. This neglected danger to civilization is again visible, and a teachable moment has arrived.”
Help spread the word about the joint editorial and a call for the only sensible nuclear weapons policy there is: nuclear abolition.