Suffering made real : American science and the survivors at Hiroshima

M. Susan Lindee

The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945, unleashed a force as mysterious as it was deadly. In 1946, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), under the auspices of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), was formed as a permanent American agency in Japan with the official mission of studying the medical effects of radiation on the survivors. The next ten years saw the ABCC's most intensive research on the genetic effects of radiation, and up until 1974 the ABCC scientists published papers on the effects of radiation on ageing, life span, fertility and disease. This text provides a comprehensive history of the ABCC's research on how radiation affected the survivors of the atomic bomb. Arguing that Cold War politics and cultural values fundamentally shaped the work of the ABCC, it describes how the project raised disturbing questions about the ethical implications of using human subjects in scientific research. How did the politics of the emerging Cold War affect the scientists' biomedical research and findings? How did the ABCC document and publicly present the effects of radiation? Why did the ABCC refuse to provide medical treatment to the survivors? Through a detailed examination of ABCC policies, archival materials, the minutes of committee meetings, newspaper accounts and interviews with ABCC scientists, Lindee explores how political and cultural interests were reflected in the day-to-day operations of the research programme.

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  • Acknowledgments 1: How the ABCC Began 1: The Most Important People Living 2: Colonial Science 3: Into the Field 4: The Genetics Study 2: Managing the ABCC 5: Midwives and Mothers 6: Political Survival in Washington 7: The No-Treatment Policy 8: The Public Meaning of the ABCC 3: Science and Context 9: What is a Mutation? 10: Draft Analysis, 1952-1953 11: Publication Strategies 12: The ABCC and the RERF 13: Conclusions Bibliography Index

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書名 Suffering made real : American science and the survivors at Hiroshima
著作者等 Lindee, M. Susan
出版元 University of Chicago Press
刊行年月 1994
ページ数 xi, 287 p., [16] p. of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0226482375
NCID BA23809310
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国