It is a rare and welcome phenomenon when someone renowned in some sphere of science or art crosses into the arena of social struggle and dares to speak out on matters of peace and justice. One thinks of Albert Einstein, incomparable in his field, becoming a vocal advocate of peace. Or Bertrand Russell, world-famous philosopher, drafting, along with Einstein, a “Manifesto” against war. Or Noam Chomsky, pioneering linguist, turning his intelligence toward the most trenchant criticism of militarism and war.

Dr. Bernard Lown is a distinguished member of that small circle, having first attained international prominence as a cardiologist and then becoming a founder of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. In the ...

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