Militarism and Mortality: An International Analysis of Arms Spending and Infant Death Rates
Himmelstein, David W.
Lancet. 1985 Jun 15; 1(8442): 1375-1378.
An analysis of the relationship between arms spending and infant mortality rates (IMR) in 141 countries revealed a positive correlation between the two factors. In contrast, negative correlations were found between infant mortality and indicators of economic development, health resources, and social spending. The authors conclude that the strength of the association between IMR and military spending, as proportions of the gross national product, demonstrates that bombs "may kill before they explode," and that "militarism is deleterious to health even in the absence of overt hostilities." (KIE abstract)
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