Sunday, March 4, 2007

Peer Review: Lancet Report of 650,000 Iraqi Casualities Unsupported; Possibly Fraudulent

This from Little Green Footballs:

Remember the study released last year by British medical journal The Lancet that ludicrously claimed more than 650,000 Iraqis had died as a result of the Iraq War? The study that was seized upon by “anti-war” groups, and is now cited as fact and repeated endlessly in the propaganda from International ANSWER, CODEPINK, Stop the War Coalition and every other loony left organization on the planet?

Now, a damning peer review has come to the conclusion that the Lancet’s study has “no scientific standing”—and may in fact be fraudulent.

Well, knock me over with a feather. . . .

LGF continues with an excerpt from the peer review report that is worth a read. See it here. Unfortunately, I can pretty much guarantee that the Lancet numbers will be continuously repeated long into the future, as the people with a stake in those numbers have no desire to cloud the issue with facts. And if you do not recall, the Lancet study was expedited so that it could be published, sans peer review, prior to the last election.

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