The Effects Of Long Term Radiation Related Health On A Unique Human Population

1347 Words6 Pages
Long-term Radiation-Related Health Effects in a Unique Human Population Journal Article Review We learned about the end World War 2 and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb but rarely do people talk about the affect effects of what happened after that to the people who were affected by the bombs. This scholarly journal titled: “Long-term Radiation-Related Health Effects in a Unique Human Population: Lessons Learned from the Atomic Bomb Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” by numerous authors: Evan B. Douple, PhD, Kiyohiko Mabuchi, MD, DrPH, Harry M. Cullings, PhD, Dale L. Preston, PhD, Kazunori Kodama, MD, PhD, Yukiko Shimizu, PhD, Saeko Fujiwara, MD, and Roy E. Shore, PhD, DrPH, writes about their study…show more content…
For the survivors, it was documented that they suffered burns, infection, injuries, trauma, and loss of food and clean water. Lots of medical facilities were destroyed and thus cannot treat enough patients at the time causing more chaos. On October 2, 1945, after Japan surrendered, the USA formed a “Joint Commission for the Investigating of the Effects of the Atomic Bomb in Japan” to study the effects of radiation exposure from the survivors. It was President Harry Truman that approved a long-term study to the National Research Council to study the effects of the atomic bomb, which then led to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) and restructured to the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF). This journal review will consist of the research from the ABCC/RERF. It is no surprise that in the beginning, the ABCC focused on studies and observations that interest them the most at the time being, study of leukemia, birth defects in children irritated in the utero, and cataracts. These were considered the most common things known about radiation at the time. It was until later that the organization started studying mortality and caner incidences based on the sample of 120,000 survivors. Basically, everyone who survived within 2.5 km of the blasts was enrolled into this study. For the study data, all the cohorts were supported financially and scientifically for more than 60 years by both Japan and US governments. The
Get Access