Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
On April 26, 1986, Unit Four of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded
in then Soviet Ukraine, affecting the lives and health of more than 3.5 million
people in Ukraine alone and millions more in the surrounding countries. The
bulk of scientific literature on the Chernobyl disaster published so far has
examined radiological, biomedical, and environmental aspects of this largest
technological disaster of the 20th century. For the first time, Petryna's Life Exposed offers a comprehensive analysis of the problematic
political, scientific, and social ramifications of Chernobyl based on a social-anthropological
perspective. The table of contents reflects the vast ground this book tries
to cover: "Life Politics After Chernobyl," "Technical Error: Measures of Life
and Risk," "Chernobyl in Historical Light," "Illness at Work: Human Market
Transition," "Biological Citizenship," "Local Science and Organic Processes,"
and "Self and Social Identity in Transition."
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