Medicine is the (a) leading cause of death


As I looked over my blog, I noticed that I did not reference the research behind my Iatrogenesis post. I may have linked it elsewhere, but I will link to some research here.

First, this report goes into great detail about the estimates (from around 250,000/year to about 1.2 Million per year).

What we are not generally told is most deaths given for other causes usually involved iatrogenesis …. They just list an illness, and do not report the medical complications leading to death. This is much worse in the First World than in the third world.

Here is a major research study by several doctors, Null is the lead with a PhD., Death by medicine. Null’s research was from the early 1990’s and indicated 800,000 to 1 million deaths per year.

The low numbers? The medical community place their death rate at around 250,000 per year. Some even want to claim around 100,000. From JAMA.

To add things up.

Doctors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA (JAMA). Drugs are the 4th leading cause of death (Dr. Mercola, et al.) And then there are infections, close to tied for 4th leading cause of death.

Not counting the other lessor medical causes of death.

Somewhere between 600,000 Americans to 1.2 Million Americans die each year because they went to a doctor.

Compare that to heart disease and cancer.



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First, I blogged on blogger, then Myspace - soon I was consistently ranked. Next, I quit. Then the blogging addiction came back .... Comments are appreciated. Not nice comments are edited. You can follow me at the top right.
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2 Responses to Medicine is the (a) leading cause of death

    • Wayne says:

      Yes, in the USA and most ‘First World’ countries.

      Ironically, my friends in Ukraine (Former Soviet Union) say you shouldn’t go to a doctor unless you are sick enough to die.

      Thank you for your comment. I hope to see you around more often.


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