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Books, Journals, New Media
August 3, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(5):625-626. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.625

August 6, 2005, will mark the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and August 9 that of Nagasaki. These events will be momentously observed in Japan but will likely attract less notice in the United States.

While to many Americans the bombings may seem to date from a bygone era, the scientific knowledge obtained from these experiences is more relevant than ever before. It is likely the best evidence that will ever be gathered on the short- and long-term effects of nuclear exposure on a large population. In Japan, the dropping of the atomic bombs engendered a series of national medical studies copiously documented and analyzed by American and Japanese physicians and scientists. Sixty years later, the fruits of this exhaustive research are becoming increasingly apparent.

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