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|The purpose of
this slide is to have some general comparison between the risk of terrorism attack and
that of other more familiar causes, so that we can have a general feeling of the level of
the risk of terrorism. Data on other risks is adopted from the BMA Guide to Living with
Risk. British Medical Association, Penguin Books, 1987.
It is not scientifically correct to compare the general estimate on risks and the specific death rate of one cause from one year. Also, lightning may be more predictable and random than terrorism attack. Again, this slide just wants to show the general position of the risk of terrorism attack. The point is : there are more important health threats to worry about and we can do something about it.
If you want to compare the death rate from different causes, the CDC and WHO web site can provide more information. The following slide is an example from USA
Death rate of terrorism was calculated from the data of U.S. population and the deaths from terrorism
Resident Population Estimates of the United States by Age and Sex: April 1, 1990 to July 1, 1999, with Short-Term Projection to November 1, 2000.