For the main part of the lesson, students will read and respond to the excerpt for the book,The Violinist's Thumb, by Robert Krulwich. The excerpt details the studied effect on one family in particular and the population in general that was affected by the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mr. Yamaguchi was very unfortunate and was bombed in both bomb droppings. He and his wife, who was present for only one of the bombings, and their children's health, is examined. Finally, general statistics for the population affected in Japan are given.