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Medical advances mask epidemic of violence by cutting murder rate

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:615
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Murder rates would be up to five times higher than they are but for medical developments over the past 40 years.

    According to new research, doctors are saving the lives of thousands of victims of attack who four decades ago would have died and become murder statistics.

    Although the study is based on US data, the researchers say the principle applies to other countries too: “There is reason to expect a similar trend overall in Britain,” said Dr Anthony Harris, the lead author of the study.

    In the research he and …

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