Stylistically resembling a fictional narrative, this grim chronicle of Ouchis deterioration demonstrates the humanity and pyschology of the medical profession in extreme situations In that sense, its an interesting companion to Osamu Tezukas Black Jack manga Think of it as such a nightmarish episode of House that as a result of watching it you resolve never to tune into the series again Firefox NewsHarnessing the atoms energy can help, even save, mankind or lead to its destruction This is the sad, cautionary tale of things gone awry, a noble effort by Japanese physicians to save Mr Ouchis life and of our limited ability to deal with the consequences of mistakes in this arena Robert Peter Gale, MD PhD DSc FACP Hon ,UCLA Medical CenterRadiation injuries are potentially complex, often involving a combination of different types of radiation energy The Tokaimura accident reminds us of these complexities as well as the importance of accurate information flow from the site of the incident to the healthcare provideer in the hospital New knowledge was gained regarding optimal management of acute radiation toxicity Nicholas Dainiak, MD FACP Yale University School of MedicineChairman of Medicine, Bridgeport HospitalBEST OFThe Japan TimesA brave account of corporate greed and scientific expertiseJapan s worst nuclear radiation accident took place at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, onSeptemberThe direct cause of the accident was cited as the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution containing aboutkg 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 thannuclear accidents had occurred in the world to that point, and most of those happenedyears ago This book documents the followingdays of treatment until his passing, with detailed descriptions and explanations of the radiation poisoning