Accession Number:

AD0276892

Title:

BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF BLAST

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LOVELACE FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH ALBUQUERQUE NM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1961-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

127.0

Abstract:

The current state of knowledge relevant to biological blast effects is summarized. Primary, secondary, tertiary, and miscellaneous blast effects are defined, and interspecies experimental data, useful in estimating human response, are presented. Tentative biological criteria defining safe levels of exposure are set forth as are survival curves for different conditions of exposure in Hiroshima. Comparative variations in range of the free-field effects as they vary with explosive yield are discussed. The fundamental requirement for surviving seconds, minutes, and hours to abet survival for days, weeks, months, and years is emphasized along with the necessity for planning protective measures against all hazardous weapons effects as one attractive alternative for minimizing casualties and maximizing survival in the event of nuclear war. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Weapons Effects (Biological)

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE