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.
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.
Yom SS, Komaki R. Hiroshima. JAMA. 2005;294(5):625-626. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.625