For decades after the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, Hiroshimans suffered from radiation poisoning caused by the lingering effects of nuclear weaponry. Some survivors of the bombing spent the rest of their lives dealing with chronic exhaustion, which is one of the most common symptoms of radiation poisoning. Others developed symptoms, such as cancers, months or even years after the blast—the bombing caught up to them once they had imagined that their lives had moved on. In this way, radiation poisoning can be interpreted as a symbol of the long-lasting, unforgettable, and inescapable damage caused by the atomic blast.
The timeline below shows where the symbol Radiation Poisoning appears in Hiroshima. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four: Panic Grass and Feverfew
...the hospital, doctors try to treat him, but they don’t know how to deal with radiation poisoning . They prescribe vitamins and iron pills, to no avail—his condition won’t improve, and his... (full context)
...in the town of Shikoku. Meanwhile, Dr. Sasaki and his fellow doctors begin to understand radiation poisoning . Radiation from an atomic explosion can vaporize a human being almost instantaneously. It can... (full context)
...the control of a new government whose single biggest responsibility is providing for victims of radiation sickness . By November, the population of Hiroshima is down to about 137,000, and the government... (full context)
Chapter Five: The Aftermath
...missiles. In the ensuing outrage, the Japanese government begins providing medical care for victims of radiation sickness . Many hibakusha speak out against governmental neglect for their pain, and in 1957, the... (full context)
...Yokohama, Dr. Tatsutaro Hattori. Hattori had once been Sasaki’s boss in Hiroshima, but he’s contracted radiation sickness and moved to Yokohama. Hattori suggests that Sasaki get some X-rays, and the X-rays reveal... (full context)
...an X-ray technician), and both of his daughters marry doctors. Luckily, Fujii doesn’t suffer from radiation poisoning . To the extent that the bombing of Hiroshima affects him psychologically, it encourages him... (full context)