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Robert Jay Lifton

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780807843444

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882894_lifton

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Invisible Contamination

Invisible Contamination

(p.57) Three Invisible Contamination
Death in Life

Robert Jay Lifton

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the effects of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. Soon after the bomb fell, survivors began to notice in themselves and others a strange form of illness. It consisted of nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite; diarrhea with large amounts of blood in the stools; fever and weakness; purple spots on various parts of the body from bleeding into the skin (purpura); inflammation and ulceration of the mouth, throat, and gums (oropharyngeal lesions and gingivitis); bleeding from the mouth, gums, throat, rectum, and urinary tract (hemorrhagic manifestations); loss of hair from the scalp and other parts of the body (epilation); extremely low white blood cell counts when these were taken (leukopenia); and in many cases a progressive course until death. These manifestations of toxic radiation effects aroused in the minds of the people of Hiroshima a special terror.

Keywords:   bomb, Hiroshima, survivors, death, toxic radiation, illness

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