July 1968

Death in Life.

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By Robert Jay Lifton, MD. Price, $10. Pp 594. Random House, Inc., 457 Madison Ave, New York 10022, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(1):126-127. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740070128024

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Following his earlier book on Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, the author now presents his studies of the psychological aftereffects found in those who survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Lifton interviewed many survivors—people who came from various walks of life and whom the Japanese refer to as hibakusha, or "those who have experienced the bomb." Inasmuch as the author had limited knowledge of spoken Japanese and did not read the language, he had to rely upon interpreters, tape recordings, and typescripts in romanized Japanese. Usually each person was seen twice, the interviews being about two hours in length. The material so gathered was condensed by grouping the data around themes, which then were discussed in the book. The volume should be of interest to Western students of Asiatic cultures, and particularly to those who wish to study the psychological

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