He had heard both these men struggle with the ethical issues raised by the necessity for nuclear research and the desire for the well-being of those involved in such research. This was especially agonizing for the medical doctors who had taken an oath to do no harm.
Doyle had listened to those discussions many times. What about the overriding issues for all of humanity, he had thought? American scientists, despite Oppenheimer, had moved on to the creation of a hydrogen bomb, a weapon of so much power that if any surviving humans wished to continue fighting after a nuclear exchange, they would do so with spears and stones, according to a noted scientist. The American and Soviet leadership didn’t seem to care. Only a balance of terror between the two superpowers seemed a viable option.
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