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December 1, 1956

Medical Effects of the Atomic Bomb in Japan

JAMA. 1956;162(14):1347. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970310075021

This well-illustrated and well-documented book concerning the medical effects of weapons that have altered history and our way of life should be of great interest to physicians throughout the world. The first chapter contains an excellent summary of findings, which are afterward documented in detail in appropriate chapters. The book is fairly comprehensive in that it describes the prelude to the work and the scope of damage and effects on medical care and facilities, presents statistical data on population and casualties, and discusses medical aspects from the viewpoint of the clinical observer, the hematologist, and the pathologist. Six appendixes, dealing with subjects such as organization and personnel, materials and methods, population, and statistical data, afford more specific information concerning the studies reported in the text. The index is weak. The book is literally crowded with facts and material that one may study for hours. Perusal of the summary chapter and

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