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Eight Americas: Investigating Mortality Disparities across Races, Counties, and Race-Counties in the United States

  • Christopher J. L Murray,

    Affiliations: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard University Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Sandeep C Kulkarni,

    Affiliations: Harvard University Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Catherine Michaud,

    Affiliations: Harvard University Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Niels Tomijima,

    Affiliation: Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Maria T Bulzacchelli,

    Affiliation: Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Terrell J Iandiorio,

    Affiliation: Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Majid Ezzati mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: mezzati@hsph.harvard.edu

    Affiliations: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard University Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: September 12, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030260

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US populations divided: a new definition for "Americas"?

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:00 GMT

Author: Howard Junca
Position: PhD
Institution: Helmholtz-Zentrum fuer Infektionsforschung
E-mail: howard.junca@helmholtz-hzi.de
Submitted Date: September 22, 2006
Published Date: September 25, 2006
This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments.

The use of the term "Americas" in the context of this article could lead to wrong or unfortunate confusions in future wider audience scales. The authors used this term to refer to an artificial classification of US (American) population based on sociological aspects in order to group and analyse epidemiological information, but, Americas (plural with s and generally with the definite article) does not mean such division inside America (United States of America in this case) but refer to the lands and regions of the Western hemisphere (North America, Central (or Middle) America, and South America, including their associated islands and regions). While it is clear that the usage of this term in the article is not the one strictly established e.g. for legal issues, but instead is a part of a conceptual framework, I respectfully consider that the usage of the term ¿¿Americas- in the title of this article, as in other essential parts of the publication, is imprecise and contradictory.

No competing interests declared.