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Letters Lessons from Fukushima

Patients’ psychological distress

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 18 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2434
  1. Shizuko Takahashi, obstetrician1
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
  1. shizukoimai{at}
  • Competing interests: None declared.

The challenge now is to learn as much as possible about the medical effects of radiation.1 At the time of the earthquake, I was providing antenatal care in Tokyo. Ironically, I was 36 weeks’ pregnant.

By 15 March, I was swamped with questions about the continuous effect of low dose radiation …

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