April 15, 2007

Lawyers, guns and money

Number of physicians in the US : 700,000.
Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year: 120,000 (AMA).
Accidental deaths per physician: 0.171 ( U.S. Dept. of Health Human Services)

Number of gun owners in the US : 80,000,000.
Number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups): 1,500. Accidental deaths per gun owner: 0.0000188

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

FACT: Not everyone has a gun, but everyone has at least one doctor. (almost everyone)
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets out of hand.

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


  1. Anonymous7:57 PM

    Certainly puts things into perspective eh, Caz?

    Just glad I have such a great Doc..
    She is so thorough..And she is also great, if you want to discuss any issue with her.

    I always feel like I'm talking to an old friend.

    And the best bit.. Don't even feel it when I go for the yearly pap smear!!

    The bad bit.. She is usually booked out 3 weeks in advance!

  2. Definitely far more difficult to find a good GP than a good gun, I reckon Kath.

    As for lawyers: good / bad depends entirely on the perspective, and the client's predicament. It's an ambivalent profession.

  3. Anonymous8:38 PM

    Due to the shortage of GPs in Victoria, many doctors are refusing to take on any new patients. Your suggested ban on doctors has a neat irony.

    I take it, by the way, the ban on doctors extends to PhDs.

    Banning's too good for them, particularly those doctors (MDs a.k.a. physicians) who have the TEMERITY to monopolise the term for themselves.

  4. I've always thought one of the greatest ironies in the medical professions is that anesthetists have to spend twice as long studying, just so they can become "Mr" all over again. How weird is that?

    I wonder if anyone has thought through the considerable consequences of the changed structure at Uni of Melbourne Jacob? Many more years of study, not just to become a medical doctor, but for engineering or law, and so on. What happens when that hits home, as it were, and we suddenly have a drought of new professional graduation, albeit, it will only take several years to get back to normal. Will we have to lure graduates from other states to fill the void?

    PhDs? Ah, wankers Jacob! But that’s only because I’ll never have the time and luxury of doing a PhD myself. *Sigh*

  5. It's well known that death rates plummet when hospitals have to effectively close down because of strikes.

    Many lives were saved in the good old days of ACTU strength Jacob!

  6. Anonymous9:48 PM

    Yeah , Caz. My brother's a wanker..
    But he's a nice wanker! Lol!

    Btw.. You don't need a PhD!

    It certainly ain't going to make you any smarter than you already are!!

    And I reckon you are one smart Lady!!

  7. I'm pretty sure my doctor is TRYING to kill me.

  8. Drunka - yes, he probably is, as a humane act. Ditto all of your other doctors. And your neighbours.

    Kath - I'd love to do a PhD, or several. Ah, what fun that would be. What is your brothers doctorate in?

  9. That is an alarming statistic. It can't be serious.

  10. Anonymous1:46 AM

    Caz. My bro has a doctorate in philosophy..(English)

    He is Associate Professor of diversity and social justice education at uni of Western Ontario Canada..

    I love him to bits.
    He is a GREAT guy!

  11. Anonymous3:28 PM

    Sorry about that response last night Caz.

    Had a night out with the girls , and was.... yes you guessed it pissed!(not again groans Caz!!!)

    My brothers research focuses on gender and education, with a specific focus on boys, masculinities and schooling.

    He has also done a bit of research on bullying in schools..

    He'll be back next month(work related) for a few weeks, so am pretty excited. So is my daughter.. My brother spoils her rotten!(Kath shakes head)

  12. Having your brother visit will be great Kath. You must miss him.

    You must be very proud of him too.

    Now I can see that academic interests run in the family. You're no slouch when it comes to literature and gawd knows what. You can drop quotes and cultural references at 100 paces. Clever little bugga-lugs.

  13. Anonymous9:09 PM

    Thanks Caz!

    And coming from someone such as youself... Someone I hold in high regard and esteem... And who's opinion I greatly respect.

    Means so much more!

  14. Cubicle - the stats (proportionally) here are about the same as the US, that is, for "medically caused" death, or doctor-induced-death, to put it more bluntly.

    The comparative figures, ie, guns versus the medical profession would be even worse for Oz, since we have so few gun deaths.

    These are NOT actual figues for Oz, so don't quote me, but here it would be - sort of - less than 100 gun deaths a year (?) - versus about 16,000 avoidable deaths while one is in the hands of doctors. Something around that ratio.

    So, as much as this little comparison using American figures is a playful use of statistics, not to mention a political point scoring exercise (I imagine), it's not made up. They would be real figures.

    It is a bit startling, isn't it.

  15. Sorry, that was a bit of an ass-end about sort of comment.

  16. Caz, your comment re: me was both cruel and true. I like it!

  17. Drunka - I say the things that only your best friends will tell you.