the occasion fleeting,
and judgment difficult.
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My three siblings and I were born between 1957 and 1968, so I wonder about how much fallout got into my parents and us by the time they had their children. I was born with a heart murmur that still throws off cardiograms and makes me jump through extra hoops to get life insurance, but that is a small thing to complain about. Besides, I was the lucky one conceived and born during the testing moratorium that lasted from late 1958 to September 1961. In any case, every generation born since WWII has been affected by the radiological and chemical pollution of the modern age. Welsome makes this point in a segment of her book about the US military pilots who were ordered to fly through mushroom clouds and gather samples of fallout:
Lawrence E. Lamb. "X-Ray No Acne Cure." The Victoria Advocate. Victoria, Texas. June 9, 1977.
Arjun Makhijani. A Readiness to Harm: The Health Effects of Nuclear Weapons Complexes. Arms Control Association. August 29, 2008.
S. Preston-Martin. "Prior X-ray Therapy for Acne Related to Tumors of the Parotid Gland." Archives of Dermatology. July 1989;125(7):921-4.
Steven Simon, André Bouville, and Charles Land. “Prior Fallout from Nuclear Weapons Tests and Cancer Risks.” American Scientist. January-February 2006, Volume 94, Number 1. Page 48.DOI: 10.1511/2006.1.48.
Eileen Welsome. The Plutonium Files. Dell Publishing. 1999.