How has the atomic bombing in Japan impacted the field of medicine today? 

Honest Business Writer

 When responding to your peers, critique their plan and offer suggestions for thinking like a historian. Does their plan suggest that they are thinking about change over time, context, causality, complexity, and contingency?

Write a paragraph for each

Student 1 JosephFor this project I decided to look at my initial research questions for which I completed the initial worksheet with. I initially started by asking what made the Americans choose the sites that they did. After diving into this type of question I found it hard to find concise evidence to back up any type of primary source to the question. I started to think that maybe it’s too general of a question. So, I revised my question to be a little more focused.

I found that some of my research was biased in that being a Veteran I was looking at a military action and was intrigued with that aspect of it. Therefore, I found my research to be more of a Military lens.

I chose to use the question of date and day for which the bomb was decided to be dropped. My thesis became, “What factors where used in the decision to drop the bomb on August 6th, 1945”? I started by using the source “Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with Selection of Target” for some of my primary research because it showed an insight into how the decisions around the entire process was being calculated. I also decided to use the source “The decision to use the atomic bomb” I found that this gave a lot of information to not only the different angles that the US had to consider but also the people that were involved. Both sources had a lot of information and there was a lot to read. I think with some continued research into some of the other secondary sources it may round out my research for a different perspective.

Student 2 post Jessica

1.) How has the atomic bombing in Japan impacted the field of medicine today?

2.) How were the survivors of the bombing impacted?

Thesis statement

The survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been participating in studies since the events and the findings relating to the populations health have impacted the field of medicine and will continue to impact it in the years to come. Health conditions ranging from cataracts to cancer have been increasingly found in the survivors and treatments have improved through the study of these conditions.

The scope of my research will include discoveries in the field of medicine impacted by the atomic bomb in Japan. The survivors in Japan participated in studies following the bombing to investigate the effects of the radiation they were exposed to. The systems of the body are affected differently by radiation due to the cells they are composed of. My research will include the impact on the circulatory and lymphatic systems. I will research the treatments for the conditions and how they have been impacted by the studies. Have the treatments been improved? What treatments have been found to be more successful than other? I have compiled research relating to cancer incidence following the bombing as well as the biological effects on the following generations. As unfortunate as the Japanese people were to have been exposed to the bomb and its radiation, perhaps the findings in science and specifically medicine will be the silver lining to a terrible event.


Cahoon, E. K., Brenner, A. V., Mabuchi, K., Grant, E., Utada, M., Ozasa, K., & … Pierce, D. A. (n.d). Lung, Laryngeal and Other Respiratory Cancer Incidence among Japanese Atomic Bomb Survivors: An Updated Analysis from 1958 through 2009. Radiation Research187(5), 538-548.

Grant, E. J., Sugiyama, H., Sakata, R., Sadakane, A., Utada, M., Soda, M., & … Preston, D. L. (n.d). Solid Cancer Incidence among the Life Span Study of Atomic Bomb Survivors: 1958-2009. Radiation Research187(5), 513-537.

KOICHI, S., JUN, T., TETSUTARO, H., SHUNSUKE, S., AKIO, M., TOMOYUKI, A., & … KOJI, A. (2017). A comparison of clinicopathological features and prognosis in prostate cancer between atomic bomb survivors and control patients. Oncology Letters14(1), 299. doi:10.3892/ol.2017.6119

Little, M. P., & McElvenny, D. M. (2017). Male Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality Risk in the Japanese Atomic Bomb Survivors – Differences in Excess Relative and Absolute Risk from Female Breast Cancer. Environmental Health Perspectives125(2), 223-229. doi:10.1289/EHP151

Ozasa, K. (n.d). Epidemiological research on radiation-induced cancer in atomic bomb survivors. Journal Of Radiation Research57I112-I117.

Puukila, S., Lemon, J. A., Lees, S. J., Khaper, N., Tai, T. C., & Boreham, D. R. (n.d). Impact of Ionizing Radiation on the Cardiovascular System: A Review. Radiation Research188(4), 539-546.

The thesis statement is something I hope to strengthen over the coming assignments and through further research. I will continue to research and cone down the conditions to be presented. Researching more specifically the treatments that have been found or improved as a result of the studies of the survivors. My process for reviewing each source has been to score them based on their relevance to the thesis statement and topic, the population in the study, the duration of the study and how relevant it is. I have been looking for more current sources as well as sources compiling data since the bombings.

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