In a period of over five decades many individuals and organi-
zations have made important contributions to this story. The sur-
vivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki gave us insights into an atomic
battlefield that only they can tell. We have also learned about the
hazards of nuclear weapons to man and his environment from the
Marshallese in the equatorial South Pacific, who were accidentally
exposed to radioactive fallout.
During our tenure in Nagasaki the cordial working relationship
that developed with the Nagasaki medical community was due in
large measure to Dr. Raisuke Shirabe, Professor of Surgery at the
Medical School. Governor Sugiyama lent his support by introduc-
ing us to his public health officials and the citizenry. Aijiro Yama-
guchi, S.]., the Bishop of Nagasaki, acquainted us with the cus-
toms of Nagasaki. Some of the young physicians on the medical
staff who were indispensable at
and now hold prominent posi-
tions in the medical community are: Masahito Setoguchi, Atsuyoshi
Takao, Shiro Tsuiki, and Sadahisa Kawamoto. Genji Matsuda later
became Dean of the Nagasaki University Medical School; Michinori
Hamada, an internist, took leave from his practice in Kagoshima
to join the
Stanley Wright, Phyllis Wright, and Masao Kodani
were our clinical and administrative associates. The pediatric staff
at Hiroshima, where I was first assigned, especially Wataru Sutow
and Wayne Borges, supported our research proposals from
the outset. William
Schull was our colleague from Hiroshima who
consistently made trips to Nagasaki.
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