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Reducing the risks of nuclear war—the role of health professionals

Kamran Abbasi
Parveen Ali
Virginia Barbour
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo
Marcel GM Olde Rikkert
Peng Gong
Andy Haines
Ira Helfand
Richard Horton
Bob Mash
Arun Mitra
Carlos Monteiro
Elena N. Naumova
Eric J. Rubin
Tilman Ruff
Peush Sahni
James Tumwine
Paul Yonga
Chris Zielinski


In January, 2023, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock forward to 90 s before midnight, reflecting the growing risk of nuclear war. In August, 2022, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the world is now in “a time of nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War. The danger has been underlined by growing tensions between many nuclear armed states. As editors of health and medical journals worldwide, we call on health professionals to alert the public and our leaders to this major danger to public health and the essential life support systems of the planet and urge action to prevent it.

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print ISSN: 0016-9560