Thursday, March 31, 2016
Journal 7 - Randi Goney
Part 1) For me, Dr. Sasaki has been the most interesting. The work and dedication he put into saving as many lives as he could is very overpowering. It is almost unbelievable in a sense. Injured civilians were pouring into the hospital, and he kept doing the best he could to patch one up and move to the next. His character is greatly dependent on his work and helping the people in any situation. He is a doctor, so on a daily basis he is helping to heal people with all different types of injuries. The atomic bomb was a boost to his work, "He became an automaton, mechanically wiping, daubing, winding , wiping, daubing, winding." Helping as many people possible was his main priority, and he did so in an unremarkable manor. I think this really goes to show the passion people have for helping other people. Dr. Sasaki could have easily given up once he saw the massive amount of patients in need of his help. Instead he fought through it and cured multiple people throughout the days after the bomb.
Part 2) I am very interested in all the effects of an atomic bomb on a human. After research, I found there are different stages at which different effects arise. During the first stage, many people will die from the extreme heat let off by the bomb and the explosion itself. Also, one will die from extreme radiation contact. The second stage consists mostly of ionizing radiation on the body. The third stage then is were most survivors are cleared. If you reach the third stage, which is about 13-20 weeks after the explosion, the effects have minimized and are in the process of healing for good. The final stage are any long lasting effects that will mostly be internal. Effects such as infertility, subfertility, and some blood disorders. In some cases, the chance of developing cancer later in life is higher for people who were exposed to some form of radiation.