Local Doc Up Front In Nuclear Debate

A physician in Springfield is  celebrating a treaty banning nuclear weapons that he helped make a  reality. 

The United Nations adopted the agreement on Friday that outlaws  developing, stockpiling, or threatening to use nuclear weapons, but  none of the world's nine nuclear-armed nations took part in the talks,  and they all oppose it. 

Still, Ira Helfand calls the treaty a step in  the right direction. 

Helfand, who serves on the board of the national  Physicians for Social Responsibility group, has worked with a United  Nations-established panel focused on the global nuclear crisis and wrote  a report examining the impact of limited nuclear war.

(Photo by Adam Glickman/Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

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