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January 27, 1951

Survival under Atomic Attack: You Can Survive

JAMA. 1951;145(4):271. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920220079035

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Abstract

The recommendations of this little booklet, which elaborates on the statement that "The secrets of survival are: know the bomb's true dangers; know the steps you can take to escape them" in an admirably nontechnical and matter of fact manner, should be studied by every adult and explained to every child in this country. It begins with a dispassionate appraisal of the destructive capacities of a modern atomic bomb and of the individual chances for survival at varying distances from the explosion. The relative importance of blast injuries, burns and radiation injuries from air, ground and underwater bursts is outlined, as well as the protective measures against each that should be taken by the individual and the family.

Initial, induced and residual radioactivity are explained simply and in a manner that should allay many current misapprehensions concerning them. The effects of each type of radiation as well as the proper

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