The current state of affairs for disaster planning for a nuclear terrorist attack


  • Thomas E. Goffman, MD, FACP



nuclear attack, bomb effects, medical treatment, federal and state plans


The author presents current thinking on the effects of an atomic bomb blast from a medical point of view and will argue that current US Federal plans for a nuclear disaster are simply crude, insufficient, disarticulated, and principally relies on martial law as a means of crowd control. The simple physics of a fusion reaction bomb is discussed along with the plans of other countries, apparently “secret” American plans, which show a poor knowledge of the physics of nuclear bombs as well as poor insight into what will be needed to help the maximum number of citizens. An alternative plan involving computer modeling and educating the public to the effects of a fission explosion are presented. The key issue of statewide planning is discussed, as the Federal government has dumped medical problems on “the local level.”

Author Biography

Thomas E. Goffman, MD, FACP

Director, Cancer Intelligence and Research, PC, Virginia Beach, Virginia.


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How to Cite

Goffman, MD, FACP, T. E. “The Current State of Affairs for Disaster Planning for a Nuclear Terrorist Attack”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 2009, pp. 59-64, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2009.0008.



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