Dr. Ernest Sternglass, Infant Mortality Changes @ TMI (1980)


Much cited, and here for the first time on the Web, is Dr. Ernest Sternglass’ Infant Mortality Changes Following the Three Mile Island Accident presented at the 5th World Congress of Engineers and Architects (Tel-Aviv, January 25, 1980). The Three Mile Island (TMI) accident occurred in the early hours of March 29, 1979.

In reviewing infant mortality statistics as published in the Monthly Vital Statistics Report (National Center for Health Statistics) Dr. Sternglass found:

An examination  of the monthly changes in infant mortality in Pennsylvania and the nearby areas of upstate New York as given in the U.S. Monthly Vital Statistics (p.29) reports indicate that the mortality rose significantly shortly after the Three Mile Island accident in the  directions where the plume radioactive were known to have moved. The number of reported infant deaths per month rose from a minimum of 141 in March of 1979 just before the accident to a peak of 271 in July’ declining again to 119 by August. This is an unprecedented and highly significant rise of 92% in the summer months when infant mortality normally reaches its lowest values.

Tables I through VI are a must read to understand how Dr. Sternglass arrived at his conclusions.

The Sternglass presentation isn’t only an examination of compelling evidence of infant mortality from the TMI accident; it is also a comparison of infant mortality from Pennsylvania and across New England vis-a-vis fissionable releases from nuclear power.

Dr. Sternglass’ presentation is here.

[Thanks to Dr. Judith Johnsrud for a copy].