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Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Physical, Medical, and Social Effects of the Atomic Bombings
Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Physical, Medical, and Social Effects of the Atomic Bombings
By The Committee for the Compilation of Materials on Damage Cau
Basic Books, 1981, 706 pp

Coming 36 years after the world's first and fortunately only atomic bombings, this is likely to be the definitive scientific report. Prepared by a group of Japanese physicists, physicians and scientists, it examines not only the immediate damage caused by the bomb-wounds, fatalities and physical destruction-but the longer-term genetic, medical, social and psychological effects. In almost every respect the damages are apparently more serious and long-lasting than earlier studies had indicated. This is a chilling reminder of the effects of nuclear war, not lacking contemporary significance.