Posts Tagged ‘public health’

The Johnson Administration’s National Security Memorandum (NSAM) 347: Release of Public Information Concerning Soviet, French, and Communist Chinese Nuclear Tests (May 26, 1966), signed by LBJ National Security Advisor Walt W. Rostow, follows in line with previous presidential administrations in restricting public knowledge regarding foreign nuclear tests.* NSAM 347 states: The President has directed that all […]


Another “survivalist” publication from the Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization, Emergency Sanitation at Home: A Family Handbook (SuDoc Pr 34.761/2:11-1) outlines food storage, preparation, cooking,  purifying water and disposal sewage in the aftermath of a nuclear war or other disaster. The statement that an “enemy attack would be an attack primarily against people” is […]


Much cited, and here for the first time on the Web, is Dr. Ernest Sternglass’ Infant Mortality Changes Following the Three Mile Island Accident presented at the 5th World Congress of Engineers and Architects (Tel-Aviv, January 25, 1980). The Three Mile Island (TMI) accident occurred in the early hours of March 29, 1979. In reviewing […]


An exceedingly rare – in fact, lost document – presented here in full is Dr. Gordon K. McLeod’s observations as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health during Three Mile Island (TMI) power plant accident. The TMI accident occurred twelve days after Dr. MacLeod was sworn in as Secretary in March 1979. MacLeod’s comments […]


David Shiga’s article “Is your city prepared for a home-made nuke?”, recently published in the New Scientist is based on the Committee on Medical Preparedness for a Nuclear Event, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies assessment of “technologies and therapies” available in the event of a terrorist-inspired nuke attack. In its report, the Committee […]


The Radiation and Public Health Project is conducting research to estimate cancer risk from exposure to atomic bomb test fallout measuring radioactive Strontium-90 (SR-90) in baby teeth. The study is based on 85,000 baby teeth discovered by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. The teeth were collected for the original Tooth Fairy study (1958-1970) […]