Skewering The Lancet

Remember that stunning Lancet report on casualties in Iraq? Released in the fall of 2006, it estimated that 654,965 "excess" Iraqi deaths had occurred since the start of the war in 2003, a figure sharply at odds with other tabulations. National Journal has now given the Lancet study a thorough scrubbing that's revealed some interesting ...

By , a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.

Remember that stunning Lancet report on casualties in Iraq? Released in the fall of 2006, it estimated that 654,965 "excess" Iraqi deaths had occurred since the start of the war in 2003, a figure sharply at odds with other tabulations. National Journal has now given the Lancet study a thorough scrubbing that's revealed some interesting flaws.

Remember that stunning Lancet report on casualties in Iraq? Released in the fall of 2006, it estimated that 654,965 "excess" Iraqi deaths had occurred since the start of the war in 2003, a figure sharply at odds with other tabulations. National Journal has now given the Lancet study a thorough scrubbing that's revealed some interesting flaws.

David Bosco is a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of The Poseidon Project: The Struggle to Govern the World’s Oceans. Twitter: @multilateralist

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