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6“You Can’t Trust the Russians”: A Fragile Alliance in Geneva

We must behave as though the world was created for man.—THOMAS MANN

I RETURNED TO BOSTON TRIUMPHANT. While I had not met Brezhnev, which was the ostensible reason for the Moscow junket, something far more important had been accomplished. I had secured the involvement of Eugene Chazov, a leading figure in Soviet medicine, thereby laying the foundation for an international physicians’ movement.

It was evident that to succeed in the Soviet Union we needed someone with impeccable medical credentials as well as with a good deal of political clout—someone who could speak without fear of imprisonment in a Siberian gulag. Chazov was that person—an astute, highly successful navigator in ...

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