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Posted by tailz (Member # 10014) on :
 
My friend whose husband died with Lyme sent me this. I hope it posts - I don't know how to get rid of the HTML.

FACTS TO PONDER:

(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.

(B) Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000.

(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services.

Now think about this:

Guns:

(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million.)

(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups is 1,500.

(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188.

Statistics courtesy of FBI.

So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Remember, "Guns don't kill people, doctors do."

FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.

Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.

We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!

Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention! :-)
 
Posted by Lymetoo (Member # 743) on :
 
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

I agree with that one!!!

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Medical Errors - A Leading Cause of Death

The JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000 article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, shows that medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The report apparently shows there are 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery; 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals; 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications - these total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. Iatrogenic is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. (drug reactions are the most common cause).
 
Posted by blazinglyme (Member # 13320) on :
 
Hey all,

That's a pretty scary thought on those things for sure, it's sad, but true! [Eek!]

Sad thing is we r all at the Medical field's mercy!

Best wishes

blazinglyme
 
Posted by tailz (Member # 10014) on :
 
Number 3 killer? That doesn't surprise me at all.
 
Posted by Geneal (Member # 10375) on :
 
Ironic thing is if you are shot by one of those guns

You will be in the hands of one of these doctors! [dizzy]

Hugs,

Geneal
 
Posted by Lymetoo (Member # 743) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneal:
Ironic thing is if you are shot by one of those guns

You will be in the hands of one of these doctors! [dizzy]

[bonk]
 


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