M J Martin

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States

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Publications (3)125.72 Total impact

  • M J Martin · T K Hunt · S B Hulley
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    ABSTRACT: The hospital records for all patients (N = 131) admitted during 1984 to San Francisco General Hospital because of firearm injuries were studied to determine the hospital costs and sources of payment for these injuries. Because San Francisco General Hospital is the regional trauma center, the sample is population based, representing all firearm victims hospitalized in San Francisco during 1984. Only hospital costs (excluding professional fees) for the first hospitalization were studied. The total costs for the year were $905,809, an average cost per patient of $6915. Public sources paid 85.6% of this cost, while private sources paid only 14.4%. These findings have important implications for legislators considering bills to restrict the availability of firearms. These legislators must be aware that the issue is not simply one of individual rights, since taxpayers pay most of the costs (estimated to be more than $1 billion per year for the United States) associated with firearm injuries.
    No preview · Article · Dec 1988 · JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association
  • M J Martin · W S Browner · S B Hulley

    No preview · Article · Mar 1987 · The Lancet
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    ABSTRACT: The risks associated with various levels of serum cholesterol were determined by analysis of 6-year mortality in 361,662 men aged 35-57. Above the 20th percentile for serum cholesterol (greater than 181 mg/dl, greater than 4.68 mmol/l), coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality increased progressively; the relative risk was large (3.8) in the men with cholesterol levels above the 85th percentile (greater than 253 mg/dl, greater than 6.54 mmol/l). When men below the 20th cholesterol percentile were used as the baseline risk group, half of all CHD deaths were associated with raised serum cholesterol concentrations; half of these excess deaths were in men with cholesterol levels above the 85th percentile. For both CHD and total mortality, serum cholesterol was similar to diastolic blood pressure in the shape of the risk curve and in the size of the high-risk group. This new evidence supports the policy of a moderate fat intake for the general population and intensive treatment for those at high risk. There is a striking analogy between serum cholesterol and blood pressure in the epidemiological basis for identifying a large segment of the population (10-15%) for intensive treatment.
    No preview · Article · Nov 1986 · The Lancet

Publication Stats

762 Citations
125.72 Total Impact Points


  • 1986-1988
    • University of California, San Francisco
      • Institute for Health Policy Studies
      San Francisco, California, United States
  • 1987
    • San Francisco VA Medical Center
      San Francisco, California, United States