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Helen Caldicott, M. D.

A pediatrician by training, Helen Caldicott, M. D. is a former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and has been a central figure in the organization's rapid growth over the past five years. In her native Australia in 1971, she initiated the movement to stop France's atmospheric tests in the Pacific Ocean. In 1975 and 1976, while working as head of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Adelaide Children's Hospital, Dr. Caldicott educated Australian labor unions and workers about the medical and military dangers of mining uranium. She founded the Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament in 1980. During the past five years, she has given "grand rounds" (consultations with doctors about their patients) at most of the major medical schools and teaching hospitals in the United States.

Dr. Caldicott has addressed countless colleges, universities, and public meetings throughout the country. She is a frequent guest on national television programs and appeared in the 1982 Academy Award winning film "If You Love This Planet." Her first book, Nuclear Madness, is in its fourth printing.