Report of Project 1-M-54 on Thirty Service Men Exposed to Residual Radiation at OPERATION CASTLE.
KAMAN TEMPO SANTA BARBARA CA
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This 1954 report is part of the NTPR Nuclear Test Personnel Review Program. Following the 1 March detonation at Bikini Atoll, thirty service men who had been exposed to debris from the 1 March detonation were returned to Tripler Army Hospital at Honolulu where the Tripler facilities and professional staff could be used. The clinical observations on the thirty patients were completed by 15 May and the patients were discharged to duty on 17 May. Special emphasis was placed upon examination of the lens of the eyes so as to establish a firm base-line to aid in the evaluation of any cataracts that may appear in the future. No lens abnormalities of any kind were found. Ten patients in all were found to have skin lesions attributable to contact with radioactive debris. The most striking findings were in the four Negroes in the group, all of whom showed brownish bands across the fingernails. All clinical observations were recorded and placed in the individuals hospital chart. All other clinical findings were irrelevant to the 1 March accident. The hematological studies were likewise negative.