A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness

A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness

A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness

A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness

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Overview

Japan's worst nuclear radiation accident took place at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct cause of the accident was cited as the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution—containing about 16.6 kg of uranium, which exceeded the critical mass—into a precipitation tank. Three workers were exposed to extreme doses of radiation.

Hiroshi Ouchi, one of these workers, was transferred to the University of Tokyo Hospital Emergency Room, three days after the accident. Dr. Maekawa and his staff initially thought that Ouchi looked relatively well for a person exposed to such radiation levels. He could talk, and only his right hand was a little swollen with redness. However, his condition gradually weakened as the radioactivity broke down the chromosomes in his cells.

The doctors were at a loss as to what to do. There were very few precedents and proven medical treatments for the victims of radiation poisoning. Less than 20 nuclear accidents had occurred in the world to that point, and most of those happened 30 years ago. This book documents the following 83 days of treatment until his passing, with detailed descriptions and explanations of the radiation poisoning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942993544
Publisher: Kodansha USA
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 191,695
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) or Japan Broadcasting Corporation is Japan's public broadcaster. This book is an original television documentary—under the same name—produced by NHK, which aired in May 2001. The documentary won the Gold Nymph Award—the highest award possible—at the 42nd Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2002.

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition v

Exposure-September 30, 1999 3

A Chance Meeting-Day 2 11

Hospital Transfer-Day 3 17

Radiation Emergency Treatment Team-Day 5 27

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant-Day 7 37

Artificial Respiration Control-Day 11 47

His Sister's Cells-Day 18 55

Manifestations of Radiation Damage-Day 27 65

A Small Hope-Day 50 75

Day 59 91

The Endless Battle-Day 63 99

December 21, 1999-Day 83 111

Paper Cranes-the Future p.123

Afterword 137

Bibliography 142

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