Medicine: The Atom & Health

The doctors in military uniform had something to tell the A.M.A. doctors about what happens when an atomic bomb falls, and what to do about it. The news was chilling.

It would be a good idea, they said, for civilian doctors to get blood banks organized and join in the civil defense program. Light clothes are best to wear for an atomic bombing (Hiroshima victims proved that dark clothes increase the chances of fatal burns). If death does not come quickly, "the patient may become extremely emaciated." After that he may die, but "emaciation"...

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