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The Iraq war – A humanitarian disaster

The Iraq Family Health Survey, conducted by the Iraqi government and the World Health Organization, found that there were about 400,000 excess deaths in Iraq up to June 2006 associated with the invasion. The second Lancet survey conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins and Al Mustansiriya University found that there were about 650,000 over the…

Deaths in Iraq

I think it is worthwhile to update James Wimberly’s comparison of surveys of deaths in Iraq. In the table below death tolls have been extrapolated to give a number of deaths due to the war up to Oct 08. Survey Violent deaths Excess deaths ILCS 160,000 Lancet 1 350,000 510,000 IFHS 310,000 740,000 Lancet 2…

I’ve been remiss in not commenting on Obermeyer, Murray and Gakidou’s paper in the BMJ, Fifty years of violent war deaths from Vietnam to Bosnia: analysis of data from the world health survey programme. OMG derive estimates of violent war deaths in thirteen countries from the World Health Survey and compare them with counts from…

The Iraq Math War

Robin Meija writes about the Lancet studies: In any case, such problems are common in war zones, according to nearly a dozen leading survey statisticians and epidemiologists I spoke with. “Iraq is not an ideal condition in which to conduct a survey, so to expect them to do the same things that you would do…

The punditariat at the Australian has lashed out at bloggers yet again (see here and here for previous examples). This time it’s David Burchell, whose thesis is that all bloggers provide is a “vast outpouring of pseudo-expertise and vituperation“. Naturally bloggers have responded, with Gary Sauer-Thompson writing There is no attempt by Burchell to engage…

Science News on Lancet studies

Julie Rehmeyer has a decent article about the Lancet studies in Science News. Unlike Neil Munro and Megan McArdle, she doesn’t have an axe to grind. She talks to experts in the field like Jana Asher instead of non-experts like Michael Spagat: The conflicting studies in Iraq show just how tricky it is to apply…

Framing Iraqi Deaths

Last year AP-IPSOS surveyed Americans and asked them to estimate how many Iraqi civilians had died in the war. They grossly underestimated the number, with the median estimate being just 9,890. The Atlantic has now published Megan McArdle’s latest anti-Lancet screed, where she argues that it would be better if the Lancet studies had not…

Les Roberts has a given a briefing to German parliamentarians on deaths in Iraq. Hat tip: Media lens

Diane Farsetta on Iraqi deaths

Diane Farsetta has an excellent and comprehensive write up on the Lancet and other studies on deaths in Iraq. A few extracts: Theoretically, the public health surveys and polls that have been conducted in Iraq — at great risk to the people involved — should help inform and further the debate. But the data is…

Curate’s egg at Science-based Medicine

Mark Hoofnagle reviews a new group blog, Science-Based Medicine. I must say I’ve loved much of the writing at the new blog Science-Based Medicine. These guys are fighting the good fight and presenting very sophisticated aspects of evaluating the medical literature in a very accessible way. In particular I’d like to point out David Gorski’s…