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23The Medical Prescription: No Trust Required

It is a tragic fact that humanity is buying increased insecurity at a constantly higher price.—MAJ BRITT THEORIN

THE IPPNW MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION, advocating a cessation of nuclear testing, was a logical and indispensable first step on the road to nuclear abolition. In an age of distrust it was a measure that did not require trust.

I was jumping out of my skin with excitement when I learned that the Soviet Union was about to embrace a policy we had promoted for the last few years. The jumping had to remain invisible, and I had to remain silent. I was a party to a state secret. To take advantage of Gorbachev’s bold initiative, we had three months to mobilize world public opinion. Now that the Soviets ...

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