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HHS Boosting Nation's Stockpile of Burn Treatments in Case of Nuclear Attack

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"The detonation of an improvised nuclear device would produce intense heat, resulting in many patients with severe burns," says a September 30 news release from the Department of Health and Human Services. Read more here.

I'm not surprised, but it sure don't make me feel any better.

 

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“War is where the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other.”

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Given the materials, the basic principles were commonly known among the world's scientists since the late 1930s. Highly recommend reading "The Making of the Atomic Bomb"   by Richard Rhodes if you want to get up to being an informed layman. ( also a great read ) We're just lucky that "Given the materials" is such a major hurdle. It still takes the resources of a medium sized country to produce them, of course theft is a different story.

Thermal burns aren't the major problem but at least they can be treated. Ionizing radiation is closer to rf burns, the surface damage is only a fraction of the dead tissue ( had rf burns, no fun ). The damage to any one area could well recover in isolation but the total overwhelms the bodies ability to handle the breakdown products. Couple that with limited medical personnel even before some of them become casualties and you could see mortality rates well beyond what would happen to a few isolated cases. 

Good odds an improvised device isn't going to involve a fancy delivery system either, more likely a ground detonation with all the fallout that would produce. But as Japan has shown, fallout is only a problem if you admit to it.

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