Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility, based in Watertwon, Massachusetts began operating as early as 1961, and was incorporated in 1978 by 10 Boston-area anti-nuclear health activists. It is a "non-profit organization committed to public and professional education on the medical hazards of nuclear weaponry."
PSR works with a variety of groups backing U.S. and Western unilateral disarmament including IPPNW, the Union of Concerned Scientists, FAS, CDI and IPS in promulgating the most extreme "end of the world" propaganda as the inevitable result unless the United States heeds its appeal to reduce tensions with the USSR and ban "all use of nuclear weapons."
Claiming a membership of 10,000 and 101 chapters, PSR president is Helen Caldicott, an Australian pediatrician and disarmament zealot who has frequently been heard at MFS antinuclear rallies. She claims to have been instrumental in persuading Australian trade unions to oppose mining of uranium ore, and reportedly has attempted to persuade top AFL-CIO officials to adopt anti-nuclear policies. In 1981 Caldicott and other "peace activists" visited the USSR. She has given up her position at Harvard Medical School to devote full time to disarmament organizing.
PSR's presentations on the horrors of nuclear war are heavily salted with radical supporters of Soviet-backed Third World terrorist groups, veteran unilateral disarmament proponents and health care professionals associated in the past with such groups as the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Medical Aid to Indochina, and the U.S.-Cuba Health Exchange.
A presentation on February 13, 1982, by the New York City PSR, and coordinated by Joanne Pomerantz, featured Richard Barnet, IPS; Jerome Frank, board member of SANE and CLW and a past president of FAS; Robert J. Lifton, IPPNW activist and US-CHE; Studs Terkel and Victor W. Sidel, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Social Medicine, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and US-CHE sponsor.
According to the Zill report, PSR had raised nearly $1 million as at March, 1982.
As at March, 1982, PSR and the Union of Concerned Scientists intended to duplicate their 1981 campus seminar successes on Veterans Day (November 11, 1982). PSR has targeted some 15 cities for its grisly presentations.
Speakers at other New York City PSR meetings from August 1981 to January 1982 included Michio Kaku, physics department, City College of New York, a frequent MFS rally speaker who links his antinuclear sentiments to the Hiroshima atomic bombing in which members of his family died; H. Jack Geiger, a founding PSR member and president of IPPNW; Barry Commoner, Citizens Party; and Joe Fahey of Pax Christi and the Manhattan College Peace Studies section on the European Nuclear Disarmament movement. Among the featured speakers in national PSR presentations have been Kosta Tsipis; Gene LaRocque, CDI; John Constable; H. Jack Geiger; Howard H. Hiatt.
Washington, D.C. Symposium, April 26, 1985
As part of the April Actions in DC series of protests, lobbying, and meetings, a symposium entitled "Psychological Aspects of the Nuclear Arms Race" was scheduled for April 26, 1985. Among its participants were such veteran leftists as:
- Robert J. Lifton M.D
- Benjamin Spock M.D.
- John Mack M.D.
- Jerome Frank M.D.
- Justin Frank M.D.
- Studs Terkel
It was sponsored by the leftist Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).
Of these individuals, Terkel was an identified member of the Communist Party USA; Spock ran for President of the US on the marxist People's Party ticket; Jerome Frank had amassed a multi-decades long record of supporting CPUSA fronts; and Lifton and Mack were associated with other leftist groups.
The organization states that in 1961, they "acted as a united medical voice in warning of the hazards of atmospheric nuclear testing, significantly contributing to the momentum that led to the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963."