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Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival.
PSR is the largest physician-led organization working against the gravest threats to humankind: nuclear weapons and climate change.Through reports, research and analysis and advocacy our members bring the medical and public health voice to the public debate on issues like the nuclear weapons testing, nuclear powere, energy policy and climate change.
PSR was founded in 1961 by physicians committed to communicating to the public the health dangers associated with the testing, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons. PSR has grown into a national membership organization with 31 chapters across the country, 50,000 members and e-activists, and a direct-mail database of 250,000 people nationwide. PSR is dedicated to improving national policy formulation and decision-making about nuclear weapons and technology through the combined efforts of credible, committed health professionals and our active and concerned citizen members. PSR articulates both the health threats and the security threats posed by nuclear weapons, as well as the importance of implementing new approaches to reduce U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons in national security policy. PSR works to lead the U.S. toward the ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons.
In 1980, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) was founded as a global federation of national organizations, including PSR. As the U.S. affiliate of this global professional network articulating the danger to human health posed by nuclear weapons, PSR shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPPNW for work in building public opposition to the arms race.
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