Col. Elliott Ursin : "The Medical Aspects of Atomic Explosions"

Thursday, September 07, 1950

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Col. Elliott Ursin of US Army - Exec officer of surgeons office 1st army - Member of first group entering Hiroshima and Nagasaki and witnessed effects of bombing of those cities. Will interpret data of Japanese bombings. Equiv to 20k tons of TNT. Exploded at 2000 feet above ground. Details burns. Details of all horrors.

Nagasaki: the bomb was dropped at a height that would bring the most destruction, on a clear day.

Hiroshima: only shells remain from buildings, damage extended to about 4 miles.

Technical details of the kinds of bursts and destruction caused. Categories of injuries to humans. Theoretical discussion of how a city could respond to the death an injury in case of an atomic attack: remember that buildings would be destroyed, doctors and nurses could be killed, and sanitation must be controlled. The picture is not as black as it may seem: people can be protected.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 2480
Municipal archives id: LT369


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