Friday, April 14, 2006

BMJ likes its women on top.

Can we imagine celebrating a lower infant mortality rate among asians compared to eskimos? Would we celebrate a greater likelihood of surviving a car crash if you were short rather than tall? Could we celebrate men being found to survive lung cancer, on average, by five years more than women? Worldwide? In a major international medical journal?

Then why on earth would we celebrate women having longer lifespans than men, worldwide, in the British Medical Journal (full article here for free)? Or anywhere else for that matter? It's just as well some of their readers disagree.

(For smirk value, however, the BMJ also published this gem. The research could only have been done in Holland.)

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