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Books, Journals, New Media
October 27, 2004

Three Mile Island

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(16):2019-2024. doi:10.1001/jama.292.16.2019-b

On March 28, 1979, the worst nuclear exposure incident in US history occurred near Harrisburg, Pa. Small quantities of xenon and iodine radioisotopes were released into the environment from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. This book, published on the 25th anniversary of the incident, gives an exciting yet factual account of the next 5 days and the aftermath. J. Samuel Walker, PhD, historian of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), provides a thoughtful and balanced view of the responses of individuals from multiple institutions who were intimately involved in the management and containment of the incident and its sequelae. Walker uses terms appropriate for the educated lay reader, and no specific knowledge of nuclear physics is required.