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Medical journals unite in call to eliminate nuclear weapons

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 02 August 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p1786

Linked Editorial

Reducing the risks of nuclear war

  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

More than 100 medical journals, including The BMJ and the Lancet, have issued an urgent call for the elimination of nuclear weapons, warning that the “danger is great and growing.”1

The editorial—cowritten by the editors of leading medical and health journals, the World Association of Medical Editors, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War—highlights the intensifying situations in Ukraine and Korea and emphasises that any use of nuclear weapons would be catastrophic for humanity.

Earlier this year the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the “doomsday clock” forward to …

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