|222||August 9th, 1945. In the evening||26 years old at that time|
|If their pupils were open...|
Most of the injured were suffering from burns or external injuries: having stones, pieces of glass or twigs sticking out of their bodies. Needless to say, burn injury was above the all. I frequently heard the voices, "Water, water, water please"
At that time, nobody knew how radiation would affect human body. We, doctors, did not even know why the injured were in state of paralysis. Anyhow, we ran a first-aid practice in waves.
One nurse said, "I cannot tell which patient is dead or which is not." In reply, I said, "Look at their pupils. If they are wide opened, it means that the person is dead."
We provided first aid as much as we could to the ones that had pupil reactions.