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Response to radiation incidents and radionuclear threats

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1074

Renunciation of nuclear weapons could lessen the threat

  1. Douglas Holdstock, honorary secretary (,
  2. Elizabeth Waterston, convenor, nuclear hazards group (
  1. Medact, Grayston Centre, London N1 6HT

    EDITOR—We agree with Turai et al in their review of the medical response to radiation incidents that the use of nuclear weapons is currently unlikely,1 but we are concerned that recent developments could lower the nuclear threshold worldwide.

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    First hydrogen bomb, Semipalatinsk, 1953


    Some 20 000 nuclear …

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