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Article
March 1950

SURVIVORS OF BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA THREE YEARS LATER

Author Affiliations

OAKLAND, CALIF.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(3):379-383. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530100023002
Abstract

IN AUGUST 1948, three years after the detonation of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, I had the opportunity of examining in Hiroshima a group of survivors of this bombing. The patients were brought together through the courtesy of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission.

Many articles have been written on the cutaneous injuries that these people received. Notable among them are those by Warren and Draeger1 and Block and Tsuzuki.2 The last-mentioned authors studied a large number of these patients from December 1946 to April 1947. They found two types of burns among the survivors. The first type was of a superficial nature, leaving thin, atrophic scars. The other was the type leaving extensive hypertrophic scarring, and in patients with large burned areas there were many contractures. Around the thickened scars there was a border of hyperpigmentation such as one sees in any lesion which takes a long time

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