Year: 2003 Source: Homicide Studies, v.7, no.1, (February 2003), p.92-95 SIEC No: 20030996

This commentary responds to an article by L A Fingerhut et al that discussed the statistical challenge posed by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The author states that the NCHS revision of the International Classification of Diseases as a means to classify deaths from the events is an improvement over initial inclination to code the deaths as “assault (homicide).” The new coding still has deaths in categories of homicide & suicide, & thus the new codes keep NCHS in conflict with the official response to the terrorist activities, which is as to an act of war. (4 refs)