The character I find most interesting is Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, the Red Cross Hospital surgeon. After the bombing, he was the only doctor in Hiroshima that was well and able to operate. The Red Cross Hospital only has a 600 bed occupancy and he welcomed about 10,000 injured civilians. I think that alone, says a lot about his character. He was willing to help and he wanted to save people's lives. On page 26 in the first paragraph it says, "Dr. Sasaki lost all sense of profession and stopped working as a skillful surgeon and sympathetic man; he became a automaton, mechanically wiping, daubing, winding, wiping, daubing, winding." I think this says a lot about him, meaning--he usually is skillful and sympathetic, but because of the situation, he had to become just a machine.
Really, I just want to know more about nuclear weapon proliferation and use. I don't know much about it. I mean, I know it's problem and I had heard about Hiroshima before we read about it in class. My stand is more on the effects on the body, however. Seeing as I am interested in the medical side of things, I wanted to know; what are the main after-affects of radiation exposure? This is what I found:"If a population receives a radiation dose of 100 rem in a short period of time, we expect health effects in some of the people who were exposed. However, many who receive a dose at that level will not have any long-lasting health effects." Basically, like most things, it doesn't do much harm at low levels. But, over a longer period of time it can cause major health problems after a delay such as cancer and other health outcomes such as benign tumors, cataracts, and potentially harmful genetic changes.
|This is cutaneous radiation on a hand|
Image from: https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/criphysicianfactsheet.asp
Text from: http://www.radiationanswers.org/radiation-and-me/effects-of-radiation.html