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 March 28, 1979, the worst nuclear exposure incident in US history
occurred near Harrisburg, Pa. Small quantities of xenon and iodine radioisotopes
were released into the environment from the Three Mile Island nuclear power
plant. This book, published on the 25th anniversary of the incident, gives
an exciting yet factual account of the next 5 days and the aftermath. J. Samuel
Walker, PhD, historian of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), provides
a thoughtful and balanced view of the responses of individuals from multiple
institutions who were intimately involved in the management and containment
of the incident and its sequelae. Walker uses terms appropriate for the educated
lay reader, and no specific knowledge of nuclear physics is required.
Talbott EO. Three Mile Island. JAMA. 2004;292(16):2019-2024. doi:10.1001/jama.292.16.2019-b