PSR was founded in 1961 by a group of Boston physicians who raised public awareness of the human health dangers associated with the testing, stockpiling and deployment of nuclear weapons.
When these Boston-area doctors found radioactive strontium-90 in baby teeth, they knew it could only come from nuclear weapons tests. Their work speaking out on these dangers led to an international ban on atmospheric nuclear testing.
- GBPSR developed and presented the first medical grand rounds on the health effects of nuclear weapons around the country
- Renowned artist Corita Kent donated talent and artwork to many campaigns, including a national billboard campaign based on her artwork “We Can Create Life Without War.”
Corita Kent felt strongly that her prints remained affordable and available. To download a full, free version of these prints, right click and then choose “save as” to save to your computer.
We have joined with many others in developing and conducting educational activities on the medical consequences of nuclear war and nuclear weapons development. We have hosted noted speakers including Daniel Ellsberg and others to share their expertise with our members and the public.
GBPSR activities over the past 60 years have included:
- Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War: A Healthcare Perspective. October 15, 2016. A one-day Symposium held at Tufts University Medical School to examine the catastrophic public health consequences of climate change and the ways that climate change will increase the risk of conflict, including nuclear war.
- State House educational panel presentations
- Public and medical lectures and conferences, including numerous events commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki;
- Public forums including such events as “This is Not a Test” on terrorism and nuclear weapons at Boston’s Faneuil hall;
- Testimony at national hearings on such issues as nuclear waste and health effects of exposure to radiation;
- Film showings at theaters combined with presentations;
- An international letter writing campaign in the nuclear states;
- Photo exhibits including noted nuclear chronicler Robert Del Tredici at the Boston Public Library;
- Public art exhibits. In a major project entitled Twilight’s Last Gleaming we collaborated with our international affiliate, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) to bring a 13,000 piece public art installation on nuclear waste to Boston’s City Hall Plaza and host it for 10 days.