Prompt and utter destruction: the Nagasaki disaster and the initial medical relief

The article takes an overall look at the initial medical relief activities in Nagasaki after the atomic bomb fell there on 9 August 1945. Although the medical facilities were instantaneously destroyed by the explosion, the surviving doctors and other medical staff did their best to help the victims. When some of the relief workers arrived at the disaster area, the level of radiation was still dangerously high.

About the author

Nobuko Margaret Kosuge

Worked at the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge University, as a visiting scholar, and is Professor in International Relations/History at the Faculty of Law, Yamanashi Gakuin University. Her book, Postwar Reconciliation, won the 2006 Ishibashi Tanzan Prize.