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|"Physicians are endowed with a special sense of responsibility for their patients. Physicians for Social Responsibility, as physicians to the world, go beyond in this respect." -Jonas Salk, M.D., polio vaccine developer
PSR has a long and respected history of physician-led activism to protect the public's health. Founded in 1961 by a group of physicians concerned about the impact of nuclear proliferation, PSR shared the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War for building public pressure to end the nuclear arms race. In 1991, PSR formally expanded the organization's work by creating its environment and health program, which targets the impact of toxic degradation of the environment and the adverse effects of global warming on public health. This past year, PSR launched a safe energy program aimed at stopping the construction of new nuclear power plants. Concerned about the push to promote nuclear energy as the solution to environmental problems wrought by a carbon-based energy system, PSR began a major effort to sound the alarm about the true costs of, and the dangers associated with, nuclear energy.
Physicians for Social Responsibility asserts a strong medical voice for the prevention of nuclear war, against the development and use of nuclear weapons, and for a reduction in the role of armed force in US foreign and security policy, emphasizing alternative strategies for conflict resolution, including increased diplomacy and the rule of law and for slowing, stopping and reversing global warming and toxic degradation of the environment. PSR's strategy is to (1) educate and activate the medical and broader health community, and the public, through research, analysis, collaboration, and targeted communications, and (2) advocate for policy change that will ensure secure and healthy communities at the local, state, national, and international levels. Our mission statement – Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, PSR works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival – reflects the unique power we bring to building a safer and healthier world for generations of today and tomorrow.
Our 30,000 members, 16 national staff, 30 state and local chapters, more than 40 medical student chapters and 20,000 e-activists form a nationwide network of key contacts and trained medical spokespeople who can effectively target the issues of environmental health and global warming. PSR produces and disseminates its own publications, provides specialized training, offers written and oral testimony to congress, conducts media interviews, and delivers professional and public education in a variety of settings.