Here's a story on a 1954 fisherman whose death the AFIP consulted on: "US sought tissue from dead fisherman after 1954 H-bomb test," Chiba (Japan), Feb 23. Researchers from Japan were in last month, looking at various collections relating to radiation injury and then we got a call from a reporter a few days later.
James Hansen, the person who sent in the case and later donated his records of it, became the director of the AFIP in the 1970s and his daughter is planning on donating his personal papers to us this year. I didn't read the documents (which are in the AFIP Historical Files under "Hansen" for those interested), so I can't vouch for the accuracy of the news story. DeCoursey was on the ground after the atomic bombing of Japan, and took some motion picture footage, so it would make sense that he retained his interest in radiation injuries.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Sunday, March 23, 2008
We're asked fairly regularly for material relating to nuclear explosions, mostly photographs, of either Hiroshima or Nagasaki, or later tests. An article about Canadian veterans and their attempt to get benefits can be seen at "Troops exposed in nukes testing fight for aid," By Barry Brown, Washington Times March 23, 2008.