Public Health and Social Jusitce

War and Peace

war.jpgArticles and slide shows on militarism, war, peace, nuclear weapons, terrorism, rape in war, genocide, and violence against women in the military (see below).

The Public Health Working Group on the Primary Prevention of War is an interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners from 20 universities, all committed to preventing – rather than reacting – to war. For resources relevant to teaching about war and armed conflict in public health, including articles, syllabi, reading lists, and more, go to To learn more about the group, its article in the American Journal of Public Health, and how to contact its members, please follow the link above.

Slide Shows:

Building the Peace – Approach to Iraq – J Pearson, OR PSR
Slide show covering consequences of War in Iraq, possibilities for peace, by Dr John Pearson, Oregon PSR

Chemical Weapons, Syria, and Need for a Middle East WMD-Free Zone – Bob Gould
Slide show from 2014 National Physicians for Social Responsibility President, Dr Robert Gould

*Causes, Costs, and Consequences of War & Militarism
Slide show on health, economic, and environmental consequences of war and militarism; also covers historical epidemiology of warfare, WMDs, current wars, and U.S. military and foreign policy

Environmental and Public Health Impacts of Nuclear Power – Bob Gould
Slide show 2014 National Physicians for Social Responsibility President, Dr Robert Gould

Environmental and Public Health Impacts Nuclear Weapons – Bob Gould
Slide show from 2014 National Physicians for Social Responsibility President, Dr Robert Gould

Geneva Conventions and Human Rights During Wartime – Jeff Spike
Slide show on Geneva Conventions and Human Rights During Wartime from Dr. Jeff Spike

George W Bush’s Military Record.ppt
Overview of George W Bush’s military record

*Human Subject Experimentation – Nazis – Present
Slide show on human subject experimentation in the 20th Century, covering WW II Germany and Japan, Willowbrook, Tuskeegee, contemporary research issues, government-sponsored torture, doctors as murderers/torturers/terrorists, etc.

Landmines and Cluster Bombs – Oregon PSR
Slide show on landmines, cluster bombs, and the Mine Ban Treaty, from Oregon PSR

Militarism and American Culture: Video Slide Show from Ed Ferguson/Terri Shofner, First Unitarian Church Portland Oregon: Available at

Military sexual trauma – evaluation and management, by E Stinson
Detailed slide show from therapist and advocate Elizabeth Stinson

Nuclear Iran and U.S. Response – C Thomasson, OR PSR
Slide show covering historical and contemporary issues relevant to U.S.-Iran relations and possible responses to a nuclear Iran, by Dr Catherine Thomasson, Oregon PSR

Nuclear War: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a workable moral strategy for achieving and preserving world peace – Raymond G Wilson
Available at

*Public Health, War, and Militarism
Slide show covering the history and epidemiology of war, major public health issues, and the economic, health, and environmental consequences of enormous military expenditures; includes suggestions for promoting peace, photography, and famous quotes and poems

Role of Public Health In Preventing War – W Wiist, April 2015
Slides from talk by William Wiist from the 20/20 Vision for Humanity Conference, Calgary, 2015

Role of Public Health in the Prevention of War –
Lecture and slides, 42 minutes, Bill Wiist, PhD, OHSU, December, 2014

Sanctions as war – the cases of Iraq and Iran – Sammy Almashat
Sanctions as a tool of war, case studies of Iraq and Iran, unquestioned assumptions fueling near total concensus in US, by Sammy Almashat, Public Citizen

*Violence Against Women in the Military
Slide show covering violence against women in the military, covering both active duty military and veterans

*War and Peace in Literature and Photography
Slide show with famous quotes, some poems, and photos relevant to war and peace

War Prayer, by Mark Twain
Powerpoint version of powerful anti-war poem suitable for readings with large audiences

*War, Rape and Genocide
Slide show on war, rape, and genocide, with historical perspectives and an overview of Darfur, Sudan


acute rad syndrome – Ann Int Med ltr.doc
Letter re acute radiation syndrome and medical education

Bioterrorism Curriculum Too Limited – Acad Med ltr.doc
Letter re medical education covering militarism, war, and peace

Caring for Active Duty Military Personnel in the Private Sector – Waitzkin and Noble, 3-09
Article reprinted from Social Medicine, 3-09

Cessation of Military Recruiting in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (APHA Policy Statement – Amy Hagopian):

child soldier – People Mag lte.doc
Unpublished brief letter re US use of child soldier in Iraq

Comments on Bush re-election – LO Rev 2004.doc
Editorial re prospects for the US in the wake of the re-election of George W Bush

Cultural Roots of Peace and Violence – Maranowski, 2011
Winning essay in Oregon PSR’s Greenfield Essay Contest for high school students, by Erica Maranowski, 2011

Call for the destruction of smallpox virus stores
Call for destruction of smallpox virus stores from AJPH

health effects of war and med literature
Abstract re health effects of war and the medical literature

hiroshima – Oregonian editorial 2001.doc
Editorial re legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and current US nuclear policy, 2001

Hiroshima editorial – LO Review 2006.doc
Editorial re legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and current US nuclear policy, 2006

hiroshima editorial – PDX Tribune 2002.doc
Editorial re legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and current US nuclear policy, 2002

Hirsohima Day psr 2006 speech.doc
Outline of Hiroshima Day speech, 2006

*Internists and bioterror prevention – JGIM lte 2007.doc
Letter re prevention of bioterrorism, prevention of war, promotion of peace, and medical education

*Medical Impacts of Hiroshima
In Okuda ST (with Vergun P), A Dimly Burning Wick: Memoir from the Ruins of Hiroshima (New York: Algora Publishing, 2008); chapter by Vergun R, Vergun P, Thomasson C, Donohoe MT. [A brief summary of the medical impacts of Hiroshima.]

Peace Calendar – World Beyond War
Calendar of important anniversaries in the history of peace

Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator – LO Review 7-05.doc
Editorial on robust nuclear earth penetrator

*Role of public health in the prevention of war: rationale and competencies. Am J Publ Hlth 2014(6):e34-e47 – Wiist W, Barker K, Arya N, Rohde J, Donohoe M, White S, Lubens P, Gorman G, Hagopian A. Article and supplemental material available through the American Journal of Public Health at or contact Martin Donohoe through the phsj website at

Sept 11 and war – PDX Tribune.doc
Editorial on the invasion of Iraq after 9/11

Uppsala Code of Ethics for Scientists
Gustafsson, Ryden, Tibell, and Wallensteen, J Peace Research, 1984

*Violence Against Women in the Military – Medscape.doc
Article on violence against women in the military

*War and Peace in Literature and Photography
List of novels, poems, non-fiction works, and photography websites relevant to war and peace

war and the medical literature 1997.doc
Unpublished research study on articles relevant to war and peace in the medical literature

War Prayer – Mark Twain
Posthumously-published, powerful anti-war narrative by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

*War, Rape, and Genocide – Medscape.doc
Article on war, rape, and genocide, with historical perspectives and an overview of Darfur, Sudan


*War and peace, Conversations with Dr. Don (cable television program), September, 2013. Available at

War and Global Health Conference Recap (University of Washington, 2010):

Course Syllabus:

War and Health (NextGenU):

External Links (see also “Human Rights” on the External Links page):

American Friends Service Committee:

American Psychologist (Special Issue on Peace Psychology, 10-13):

Anti-war films:

Beneath the Blindfold (award-winning film about torture survivors):

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:

Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World:

Campaign for Peace and Democracy:

Campus Anti-War Network:

Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation:

Center for Global Nonkilling:

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

Chicago Veterans for Peace:

Code Pink:

Confronting Nuclear War – The Role of Education, Religion, and the Community:

Correlates of War:

Cost of War:

Drone Census (at

Education not militarization:

Emergency International:

Emergency USA (Life Support for Civilian Victims of War and Poverty):

Famous Poets and Poems – Peace Poetry: not Bombs:

Global Campaign for Peace Education:

Global Doctors:

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space:

Global Peace Index:

Goya’s “Disasters of War” (see and “The Third of May, 1808” (see

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility:

Hanford Watch:

Harvard Injury Control Research Center:

Health Alliance International:

Institute for Economics and Peace:

International Action Center: 

International Action Network on Small Arms:

International Campaign to Ban Landmines:

International Network of Museums for Peace:

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War:

International War Veterans’ Poetry Archives:

Iraq Body Count:

James Nachtwey’s war photography:

Matthew Brady’s civil war photographs. See

Medical Association for the Prevention of War (Australia):

Medical Peace Work (includes online courses):

Medicine, Conflict and Survival:

Military Toxics Project:

Nagasaki Museum of Peace:

National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund:

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth:

National Peace Academy:

National Priorities Project:

Neil Arya’s website and course syllabi covering global health, environmental health, and war and peace:

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Peace Poems:

Nuclear Free Planet:

Oregon PeaceWorks:

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility:

Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County:

Peace Caucus (APHA) Blog:

Peaceful Societies (Alternatives to Violence and War):

Pegasus Conference: Peace, Global Health, and Sustainability:

Physicians for Global Survival, Canada:

Physicians for Social Responsibility:

Picasso’s “Guernica” (see

Poems for Peace:

Poems of War and Remembrance:

Poets Against the War:

Poetry on Peace:

Reintegration of war-affected young mothers:

Robert Capa’s war photography:

Rotarian Action Group for Peace:

Safeguarding Health in Conflict – Protecting Health Workers, Services, and Infrastructure:

School of the Americas Watch:

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute:

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility:

Sunshine Project:

Surviving Gun Violence:

Teaching Peace (Resources from Yes! Magazine):

Tragedy of the American Military (James Fallows, The Atlantic):

Treasury of War Poetry:

United for Peace and Justice:

Upsala Conflict Data Program:

U.S. Committee to Ban Land Mines.  URL:

US Holocaust Memorial Museum:

US Institute of Peace:

US Military Medicine in War on Terror Prisons Database:

Veterans for Peace:

Voices for Creative Nonviolence:

W Eugene Smith’s war photography:

War is a Crime:

War Poems at Poets’ Corner:

War Poetry:

War Poetry Contest (Winning Writers):

War Poetry Website:

War Profiteers:

War Resisters League:

Women’s Action for New Directions:

Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace:

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom:

World Beyond War:

World Can’t Wait:

World Peace Society’s Peace Poetry:

World Without War – Randy Tavenner: