[ RadSafe ] Sternglass, Whyte, and infant mortality
sjd at swcp.com
Tue Jul 5 21:24:17 CDT 2011
July 5, 2011
Recently someone invoked Ernest Sternglass in a reply to a posting
by Stewart Farber. A paper in the British Medical Journal by R. K.
Whyte  figured in this. Whyte's paper was used in an attempt to
attribute increased infant mortality to global fallout during the
years 1959 to 1963.
It's worth pointing out that approximately seven weeks after Whyte's
paper was published, Jay Gould had a letter published in the BMJ
wherein he blamed fallout from bomb testing at the Nevada Test Site
for increased mortality from "sexually transmitted infections" among
men 25-44 y old. (Gould claimed that exposure to fallout causes
"lowered immune competence".)  Another letter in the same issue
of the BMJ  suggested that "Increased registration of black
neonates under 2500 g in New York" could explain the sudden rise in
According to data presented by Whyte, neonatal deaths had been
decreasing since 1935, and then began increasing in approximately
1950. This increase gradually decreased, and in or around 1980
rejoined the decrease that Whyte shows between 1935 and 1950. Whyte
has graphs showing all of this.
1 Whyte, R.K (1992) 'First Day Neonatal Mortality since 1935: A
Re-examination of the Cross Hypothesis,' British Medical Journal,
304: 343-6; Feb. 8 1992.
2 Gould, J. (Letter to the editor); British Medical Journal, 304:
776; March 21, 1992.
3 Sepkowitz, S. (Letter to the editor); British Medical Journal,
304: 776; March 21, 1992.
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