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Doctors versus Guns

Here is another one of these email jokes that circulates through the net. Now it is interesting enough that I wonder if the quoted statistics are true, or reasonably true, some day I might dig into them a bit further. It would make an excellent introduction for a book such as "How to Lie with Statistics"...

Think about this:

a. The number of physicians in the US is 700,000.
b. Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year is 120,000.
c. Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.
(US Dept. of Health & Human Services)

Then think about this:

a. Gun owners in the US number 80,000,000.
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 .0000188.

Statistically, doctors are 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.


Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.
We must ban doctors before this gets out of hand.

As a public health measure I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for
fear that the shock could cause people to seek medical attention.

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