oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Nuclear disarmament: the role of the medical profession, the relevance to developing countries

Volume 33, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Nuclear war is the greatest public threat facing mankind today. This issue affects the Third World in several ways: 1) The diversion of money from development to military uses; 2) The involvement of Third World states as proxies in the Cold War; 3) The increasing likelihood of Third World states becoming nuclear powers or targets; 4) The serious effects on Third World countries following a nuclear war. The long-term probability of a nuclear war is high unless existing risk factors are actively reduced. Doctors have an important role to play in the prevention of nuclear war.

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