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New GSW case

McSwain, Norman E Jr. nmcswai at tulane.edu
Mon Mar 16 23:57:17 GMT 2009

Data is an important bit of information, is it not?
Norman McSwain MD
Trauma Director, Charity Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Tulane University
New Orleans LA
504 988 5111
norman.mcswain at tulane.edu <mailto:norman.mcswain at tulane.edu> 


From: trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org on behalf of Doc Holiday
Sent: Mon 3/16/2009 5:59 PM
To: .Trauma List
Subject: RE: New GSW case

From: Jjsurgmd at aol.com
> this is hardly a western phenomenon

--> I don't think Rob meant "your part of the world" to be read as "Western"... You're correct that this phenomenon is not at all Western!

A year or so ago, when I last updated one of my talks, I found the following UN rankings for annual firearm murder rates per 1000 people:

1. South Africa 0.72
2. Columbia 0.51
3. Thailand 0.31
4. Zimbabwe 0.049

8. USA 0.028

And all the way down to number 17 (Portugal 0.008), the USA is the ONLY Western country on the list!

19. Switzerland 0.0053
20. Canada 0.005

31. New Zealand 0.0017 (i.e. 16 times less common than in the USA)

I think he meant "your part of the world" at far less than a hemispheric scale

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