COMMENTARY has just made available to all online readers Scott W. Atlas’s “The Worst Study Ever?” from our April issue. Atlas is a professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford University Medical Center and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. His article is a comprehensive and devastating indictment of the World Health Organization’s World Health Report 2000, which has been cited far and wide as the go-to reference on America’s health-care failings. As Atlas demonstrates, the report is actually an insult to objective research and a milestone in successful leftist activism:
In fact, World Health Report 2000 was an intellectual fraud of historic consequence—a profoundly deceptive document that is only marginally a measure of health-care performance at all. The report’s true achievement was to rank countries according to their alignment with a specific political and economic ideal—socialized medicine—and then claim it was an objective measure of “quality.”
Read it all.