Medicine Or Mass Murder? Guideline Based on Discredited Research May Have Caused 800,000 Deaths In Europe Over The Last 5 Years

Last summer British researchers provoked concern when they published a paper raising the possibility that by following an established guideline UK doctors may have caused as many as 10,000 deaths each year. Now they have gone a step further and published an estimate that the same guideline may have led to the deaths of as many as 800,00 people in Europe over the last five years. The finding, they write, “is so large that the only context in the last 50 years comes from the largest scale professional failures in the political sphere.” The 800,000 deaths are comparable in size to the worst cases of genocide and mass murder in recent history.

In their new article published in the European Heart Journal, Graham Cole and Darrel Francis continue to explore the extent and implications of the damage caused by the Don Poldermans research misconduct case….

Click here to read the full post on Forbes.

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Comments

  1. Hi

    Great post.

    I suspect the story is incorrect though. Some fairly basic calculations suggest that in Europe recently there will have been about 720 000 deaths over the past 5 years related to surgery. Beta-blockers will have not been relevant in the vast majority of cases. Therefore the peri-operative deaths attributable to beta-blockers will have been only a fraction of this. Still a high number, but not 800 000.

    Hope I have my maths right!

    Mark

    10 595 000 operation in 2012/13 (England)
    http://www.nhsconfed.org/priorities/political-engagement/Pages/NHS-statistics.aspx
    Peri-operative mortality 1 095/1 000 000
    http://press.thelancet.com/anaesthetic.pdf
    Total deaths related to surgery / annum
    11 602
    Total deaths over 5 years
    58 008
    England population 2012
    59 493 700
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ldll3awsdv0f69q/Screenshot%202014-01-27%2020.21.13.png
    Europe population 2012
    740 000 000
    http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/European_population_compared_with_world_population
    Estimated operations per annum 131 783 701
    Total deaths related to surgery per annum 144 303
    Total deaths related to surgery over 5 years 721516

  2. David Baxter says:

    The originla article seems to have been retracted

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