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Death in LifeSurvivors of Hiroshima$
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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

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(p.57) Three Invisible Contamination
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Death in Life
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Robert Jay Lifton

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882894_lifton.7

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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