Article Synopsis: “Illegitimate Sufferers: A-Bomb Victims, Medical Science, and the Government.”

Todeschini, Maya.  “Illegitimate Sufferers: A-Bomb Victims, Medical Science, and the Government.”  Daedalus 128:2 (1999): 67-100.

Important article detailing the stigmatization of hibakusha, the role of censorship in limiting information about radiation effects, the disproportionate impacts on women’s reproductive health, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission’s role in researching nuclear effects but in failing to provide medical treatment in contrast to the expectations of nuclear bomb survivors, atomic bomb “stress” and issues of medicalization, Japanese government provision of allowances as social-welfare payments instead of as “genuine relief,” and overall the importance of centering hibakusha in narratives of the impacts and aftermath of nuclear bomb narratives.

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