Combined Radiation and Thermal Injury After Nuclear Attack

  • William K. Becker
  • Teresa M. Buescher
  • William G. Cioffi
  • William F. McManus
  • Basil A. PruittJr.


The explosion of nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 dramatically changed the potential for thermally injured casualties as a result of warfare. Except for isolated radiation accidents over the ensuing years, little practical experience has been gained in the treatment of thermal injuries associated with radiation or nuclear warfare. In this chapter, we discuss the current status of burn care, review experimental animal data regarding combined injury of burns and radiation, and correlate the findings with the need to triage thermal injuries under the conditions of nuclear warfare.


Body Surface Area Nuclear Weapon Thermal Injury Radiation Injury Surgical Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William K. Becker
    • 1
  • Teresa M. Buescher
    • 1
  • William G. Cioffi
    • 1
  • William F. McManus
    • 1
  • Basil A. PruittJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.U.S. Army Institute of Surgical ResearchFort Sam HoustonUSA

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