October 1968

Nuclear Explosion Casualties.

Author Affiliations

USA Sandia Base, NM


By Evert Schildt, Jr., MD. Price, $10.50. Pp 185, with many figures and tables. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(4):379-381. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300090089027

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Nuclear Explosion Casualties was written primarily for use by military medical planners, but it might also benefit civilians engaged in nuclear disaster planning. Schildt is to be commended on his detailed, functional knowledge of the subject. The book is carefully written and well documented; organization is clear and a helpful glossary appears as an appendix.

It is encouraging to see so much thought and effort devoted to this important subject at a time when interest in it is generally diminished. The problem will not go away and Schildt has faced it positively, objectively, and unemotionally. He properly impresses the reader with the known fact that knowledge of weapons effects, proper planning, and protective measures will greatly enhance survival in nuclear warfare.

Much of the information presented is not new, but this is unavoidable, and it is as accurate as the standard sources. The methods of analysis, arrangement, and presentation of

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