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Are Jewish deathdates affected by the timing of important religious events?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11521452     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Earlier studies reported a decline in September mortality in New York City and Budapest during years when Yom Kippur was in the interval September 28 through October 3, and fewer deaths among Californians with Jewish surnames during the week preceding Passover than during the week after Passover. These studies suggest that some Jews are able to postpone their deaths until after the celebration of an important religious event. We reexamine these findings using new data and find no statistically persuasive evidence that Jewish deaths decline before religious holidays. We do find an increase in deaths in the weeks shortly before and after birthdays.
Authors:
P Lee; G Smith
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social biology     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0037-766X     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Biol     Publication Date:    2000 Spring-Summer
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-27     Completed Date:  2001-10-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0205621     Medline TA:  Soc Biol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Age Distribution
Female
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Holidays / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Humans
Jews / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Judaism* / psychology
Male
Mortality* / trends
Population Surveillance
San Francisco / epidemiology
Sex Distribution
Urban Health / statistics & numerical data

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