Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge is a family physician practicing in Ventura, California. He is the Co-Chair of the Security Committee of National Physicians for Social Responsibility. He is the President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles.

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The mushroom cloud of the first test of a hydrogen bomb is seen in a 1952 file photo. Views
Friday, April 11, 2014
Budgets as Moral Documents: Nuclear Weapons and the Fate of Life as We Know It
On April 15 th , Tax Day, our nation funds our national budget. On this day we fund the nation’s business and provide a proclamation to the world of the U.S. priorities for the next year. Ultimately budgets are moral documents and are supposed to represent the people’s priorities. So what are those...
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Saturday, February 08, 2014
The Trillion Dollar Road to Armageddon
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Two Billion At Risk: The Threat of Limited Nuclear War
As physicians we spend our professional lives applying scientific facts to the health and well being of our patients. When it comes to public health threats like TB, polio, cholera, AIDS and others where there is no cure, our aim is to prevent what we cannot cure. It is our professional, ethical and moral obligation to educate and speak out on these issues.
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Friday, August 09, 2013
Hiroshima's Legacy—The Obsolescence of War
Our world changed forever 68 years ago this week. Tuesday marked the day that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, followed by the bombing of Nagasakithree days later.
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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Surviving in a Nuclear Armed World: An Unexamined Assumption
President Obama speaking in Berlin on Wednesday took the first step in his 2nd term to address the world’s nuclear arsenals. He proposed negotiating the reduction of strategic nuclear weapons by up to 1/3 of its current levels of 1722 as of Sept. 2012 and reducing nuclear weapons in Europe. While any reductions in nuclear arsenals must be applauded and supported, they must be viewed as only the next step in the mandatory elimination of all nuclear weapons. The devastating potential of these reduced arsenals has the ability to inflict catastrophic damage to our world.
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Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Promise of Prague, Self-Assured Destruction and Taxes
On April 5, 2009, in the first foreign policy address of his presidency, President Obama expressed his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. The realization of this vision, shared by a majority of citizens around the world, is vital to the very survival and future of our planet. We the people await the actions that are needed to make this a reality. Now is the time for the president and our leaders to put words into action. As we reflect on this vision and prepare to fund our budget and nation’s priorities the choice is ours.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Old Struggles, Shifting Awareness in a New Age
This past week’s presidential inauguration on Martin Luther King Day finds us as a nation and people at a remarkable crossroads. Before us we have the same daunting issues we have faced for years yet there is something different. There is a developing shift in our consciousness and responsibility. We are witnessing a new awareness of the challenges and necessity of addressing them.
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Monday, August 06, 2012
From Hiroshima to Fukushima – Presidential Campaigns and the Peoples Will
This week marks the 67 th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the combined initial death toll of approximately 200,000 and thousands more in the years that followed. As Albert Einstein famously said, “With the dawn of the nuclear age everything changed save [except] our modes of thinking and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” The legacy of this new age of truly massive mortality weapons remains to this day and those prophetic words are ever true.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011
Health and the Nuclear Gamble
The world has anxiously watched the events in Japan unfolding this past two weeks after the horrific earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. The feelings are magnified out of a sense of helplessness in aiding the victims in Japan mixed with concerns for potential effects and implications to our own health and communities. In assessing the devastating effects of natural disasters, we must pause as we consider the potential for catastrophic effects of man made disasters, specifically from nuclear power plants.
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Friday, August 06, 2010
Ending the Nuclear Threat
Sixty five years ago this week, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in a flash. Instantly the nuclear bombs that caused those flashes killed over 200 thousand people with scores of thousands more dying in the subsequent days and years resulting from those bombs. A flash that forever changed our world in ways we still struggle with today.
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