Medical Treatments US Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

BACKGROUND: On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped by American B-29 bomber (the Enola Gay) right above Hiroshima, Japan. Approximately 80,000 people were killed immediately, and of those survivors, 60,000 died of injuries and radiation exposure by 1950.

There were 16 city hospitals and 32 first-aid clinics destroyed after the bomb was dropped, and out of Hiroshima’s 150 doctors, 65 died.
Survivors are waiting for emergency medical treatment the day of the bombing.

The bomb vaporized clothes off of people, leaving them completely naked. The main medical treatments were burns and broken bones. Doctors found that the uninjured survivors suffered from a mystery illness caused from radiation sickness. Their symptoms were spots from head to toe, fever, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea.

(Left) The spots left on the mystery illness victims. (Right) The remains of a white T-shirt almost completely vaporized.

The incident is still affecting survivors today, some are suffering from cancer, cardiovascular disease, including stroke and and heart disease. Each of the conditions occur more frequently among atomic bomb survivors than the general population, according to the findings of a survey of 120,000 survivors.

The details of the radiation effects are still unknown, but it has been reported to cause cellular inflammation, damages human cell membranes and nuclei, and causes genetic mutations. Radiation slowly kills your body, if you are exposed to it, you can die in days, weeks or even years after.

These are burns on a man who was one mile away from the attack.

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