An iatrogenic disease is one caused by an ostensible medication, vaccination, or surgery. Nobody likes to talk about it, but there’s a lot of iatrogenic diseases going around. From Gary G. Kohls, M.D. at lewrockwell.com:
Definition: An iatrogenic condition is a state of ill health caused by medical, surgical, drug or vaccine treatments. It may qualify as the 3rdmost common cause of death in the United States.
For much more information about this hidden healthcare crisis of iatrogenesis, please read one of the articles that I have written about drug- and vaccine-induced iatrogenic disorders at.
In that article, I quoted statistics from an article that was written by Barbara Stanfield, MD, MPH, that had been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, July 26, 2000—Vol 284, No. 4).
Stanfield’s article was titled “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?” It can be read at the following site.
In the article, Stanfield included the following statistics from her research on America’s iatrogenic deaths:
- 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery in hospitals
- 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
- 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
- 80,000 deaths/year from nosocomial infections in hospitals
- 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications in hospitals
Combining these five groups gives us a total of 225,000 in-patient deaths. The 225,000 number does not include out-patient iatrogenic deaths that occur at home, iatrogenic nursing home deaths or even non-lethal, chronic illnesses or disabilities. In any case, this number alone easily constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.