22Gorbachev Challenges the Nuclear Status Quo

God rest you, merry gentlemen, when you are all in bed.A friendly little H-bomb is cruising overhead.It’s there to kill the Russians when the rest of you are dead.—POPULAR JINGLE OF THE 1960sDoes the profession have no function except to wait for the casualties to be trundled in? If so, how do physicians differentiate themselves from morticians, whose calling confines them to situations beyond recall or redemption?—NORMAN COUSINS

GORBACHEV’S ASCENT TO POWER afforded us a historic opportunity to eliminate nuclear weapons and set the world on a different course. The twenty-first century would then not have to be shadowed by dread images of mushroom clouds. Initial reports in American media portrayed ...

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