NUCLEAR WEAPONS and other cheerful things. Easy ways for doctors to make a difference and why we should Dr Sue Wareham President, Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) MAPW is the Australian affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
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Easy ways for doctors to make a difference
and why we should
Dr Sue Wareham
President, Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW)
MAPW is the Australian affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
GP in Giralang, ACT
prevention, prevention, prevention,
especially when we have no cure.
US detonated a 15 kiloton bomb over
140,000 total by the end of the year
US detonated a 21 kiloton bomb over
75,000 total by the end of the year
tens to hundreds of times more
destructive than theHiroshima
and Nagasaki bombs
In case of a nuclear bomb…
don’t bother to call your doctor!
“Accidental Nuclear War – a Post-Cold War Assessment”
Only 20kg of HEU or 10kg
of plutonium or less is needed to make
a nuclear weapon
Helfand I et al. BMJ2002;324:356-9
The view of the Earth from Apollo 10 (18 May 1969)
from 26,000 nautical miles on its journey to the Moon
This is what the world would look like after a large-scale
Brian Toon, Alan Robock et al. 2006
Rutgers University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of California at Los Angeles.
…..This would cause cooling of several degrees over large areas of North America and Eurasia, including most of the grain-growing regions.
Ira Helfand, 2007. Royal Society of Medicine conference
From the above scenario, “it seems reasonable to postulate a total global death toll in the range of 1 billion from starvation alone….would lead to major epidemics of infectious diseases … “
January / February 2007 large areas of North America and Eurasia, including most of the grain-growing regions.
January 17, 2007
Sure it’s a health problem Weapons
but what can we do about it?
Doctors have a unique role to play in educating about threats to health.
Former President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, in his book Perestroika