Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Misc. Doctors kill more People than Guns

Today my email inbox was abuzz with messages coming in from everywhere. It happens every year when the hunting season gets closer. Fellow hunters ask me for last minute tips on early season deer hunting strategies, like. “Hey Othmar, whats the best way to get a big buck in the early bow hunting season?” or “Hi Othmar, what do you think about this stand location for an early season buck ( see drawing of the map)…

But some people also know that I am a sucker for statistics and so they send me at times some very interesting ones like the one below.

I cannot substantiate the truthfulness of this study, but it still interesting.
Results of New CDC Study...
(A) The number of doctors in the U.S. is 700,000
(B) Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 17.14%
Statistics courtesy of the US Dept. of Health &Human Services
(A) The number of gun owners in the US 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 0.001875%.
Statistics courtesy of the FBI
So statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, guns don ~t kill people, doctors do.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.
We should ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!
Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.
Makes me kind of thinking differently about my next doctor appointment.

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