By James N. Yamazaki, Louis B. Fleming
Children of the Atomic Bomb is Dr. Yamazaki’s account of a lifelong attempt to appreciate and rfile the impression of nuclear explosions on young children, relatively the youngsters conceived yet now not but born on the time of the explosions. Assigned in 1949 as Physician-in-Charge of the U.S. Atomic Bomb Casualty fee in Nagasaki, Yamazaki had served as a wrestle doctor on the conflict of the Bulge the place he have been captured and held as a prisoner of warfare through the Germans. In Japan he used to be faced with violence of one other dimension—the devastating impression of a nuclear blast and the fairly insidious results of radiation on children.
Yamazaki’s tale can also be one in every of notable juxtapositions, an account of a Japanese-American’s stumble upon with racism, the tale of a guy who fought for his state whereas his mom and dad have been interned in a focus camp in Arkansas. as soon as the item of discrimination at domestic, Yamazaki mockingly chanced on himself in Japan for the 1st time as an American, a part of the Allied career forces, and back an intruder. This adventure resonates via his paintings with the youngsters of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and with the Marshallese those who bore the brunt of America’s postwar checking out of nuclear guns within the Pacific.
Recalling a profession that has spanned 5 many years, Dr. Yamazaki chronicles the discoveries that helped chart the hazards of nuclear radiation and offers strong observations of either the scientific and social results of the bomb. He deals an indelible photo of human tragedy, a story of incredible ache, and a commitment to therapeutic that's finally an unwavering, impassioned plea for peace.
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Children of the Atomic Bomb: An American Physician’s Memoir of Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and the Marshall Islands by James N. Yamazaki, Louis B. Fleming