MICHAEL E. MURRAY, M.D.
To the editor: The letters on the threat of nuclear war published in the December 1982 issue (1-5) tended to reinforce the naivety of the article (6) to which they referred. It is not possible to make valid statements about armament and disarmament without discussing such concepts as first-strike capability and limited nuclear war. These issues are no longer merely theoretical. A numerical listing of the nuclear capability of one or both sides is totally irrelevant in view of the newer problems that have been raised by the very definite possibility that one nation could destroy another's retaliatory capacity without
MICHAEL E. MURRAY. Nuclear War. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:411–412. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-411_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):411-412.
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