Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Best email of the week

Doctors:
(a) The number of doctors in the US is 700,000
(b) Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000
(c) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.17

Guns:
(a) The number of gun owners in the US is 80,000,000
(b) Accidental gun deaths per year is 1,500
(c) Accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.000019

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

Remember: Guns don't kill people; doctors do.

Not everyone has a gun, but almost everyone has a doctor.

Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. Doctors should be banned, or at least more strictly controlled, before this gets more out of hand.

Out of concern for general public safety, there should be no statistics published about lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek a doctor's assistance.

17 comments:

dawgit's World said...

'dat's Funny...
Now, how about a cure for "Coffee out the Nose" Syndrom. I should have known better, and swallowed first. It is advisable here, I forgot. Good one BTW. Take care -d

keepbreathing said...

Awesome.

Purple Stinky Onion said...

that is a classic!

purple stinky onion

Nurse K said...

In my hospital, that doctor:death ratio is probably exponentially worse.

Evil Transport Lady said...

Remeber if you have kids, make sure you lock up your doctors. A doctor in the hands of a child is a dangerous thing.

Joeymom said...

Funny, but I've never considered "accidental death" to the problem with guns. It's the intentional deaths that are the problem.

Nothing wrong with a safe, legal, responsible gun owner, as long as they don't insist that I own one.

Gail said...

Well, this probably explains why poor people with no insurance have a lower mortality rate than poor people on medicaid.

I go to extreme lengths to avoid doctors and successfully reared 3 children with no hosptial stays, one accident that required emergency medical attention and no broken bones. I spent less than $5,000 on medical expenses for them over a 15 year period.

When insurance is that cheap, I might consider it.

Best regards to all,
Gail S

CountyRat said...

Precious! Keep up the rigorous scientific research, Monkey Girl. A confused world needs you now more than ever.

WhiteCoat said...

One in five people in the US owns a gun? I better be more careful about shooting off my mouth.
Actually that medical study showed that most of the accidental patient deaths were due to nurses who weren't completely filling out 5 pages of JCAHO documentation prior to administering cold remedies to children in the emergency department.
Must be the nurse's fault.
;-)

RNJericho said...

"Precious! Keep up the rigorous scientific research, Monkey Girl. A confused world needs you now more than ever."....to funny Country Rat. The Nurse Resource

Angry Nurse said...

Ahh the power of statistics!

red rabbit said...

Weellll... at least the docs are all registered....

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Ben said...

Hum... You should add the "intentional" death by gun to your statistic. I think the ratio would change quite a bit ;)

Gurl said...

Can I borrow this for my blog??

ERP said...

Funny post but I am curious as to what they used as the definition for "accidental death" for the physician stats.
The gun stat is easier to figure out - and yes I agree with Ben in wanting to see the "intentional" gun related deaths stats. After all, we really care about those numbers more.

Anonymous said...

Gail, a great many poor people on Medicaid were uninsured until they became seriously ill. Spending more than one makes on medical expenses is one way to qualify for Medicaid. Seriously ill people are more likely to die than people who are well.