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Books, Journals, New Media
May 21, 2003


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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.

JAMA. 2003;289(19):2579. doi:10.1001/jama.289.19.2579-a

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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