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The current state of affairs for disaster planning for a nuclear terrorist attack.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19378670     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The author presents current thinking on the effects of an atomic bomb blast from a medical point of view and will argue that current US Federal plans for a nuclear disaster are simply crude, insufficient, disarticulated, and principally relies on martial law as a means of crowd control. The simple physics of a fusion reaction bomb is discussed along with the plans of other countries, apparently "secret"American plans, which show a poor knowledge of the physics of nuclear bombs as well as poor insight into what will be needed to help the maximum number of citizens. An alternative plan involving computer modeling and educating the public to the effects of a fission explosion are presented. The key issue of statewide planning is discussed, as the Federal government has dumped medical problems on "the local level."
Authors:
Thomas E Goffman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of disaster medicine     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1932-149X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Disaster Med     Publication Date:    2009 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-21     Completed Date:  2009-05-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101291100     Medline TA:  Am J Disaster Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  59-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Cancer Intelligence and Research, PC, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Communication
Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
Humans
Nuclear Weapons*
Terrorism*
United States

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