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An inconvenient truth for Trump: Doctors go door-to-door to count the dead from war and storm

An inconvenient truth for Trump: Doctors go door-to-door to count the dead from war and storm

In his many years of counting the dead — in accounting for the horrific loss of life from war and natural disasters around the world — Gilbert Burnham seldom, if ever, found survivors who slammed the door, who were unwilling to answer questions about the nightmares they had lived through.

In fact, his experience was just the opposite: Hundreds of people who had lost relatives to either acts of man or acts of God — airstrikes or hurricanes — were eager to tell Burnham’s researchers what had happened.

The cooperation of survivors is essential to accurate estimates. A husband, after all, will be able to say what killed his wife; a mother knows better than anyone why her...

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