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Can the famous really postpone death?
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PMID:  10085742     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
David P. Phillips has reported evidence that famous people are often able to postpone their deaths until after a birthday. A reexamination of Phillips' data shows some aspects of his analysis to be questionable, including the lumping together of deaths that occur during the birthmonth, which does not distinguish deaths that occurred before the birthday from those that occurred afterward. A reanalysis of his data shows that there were actually a relatively large number of deaths in the month preceding and the months following the birthday. One explanation is that the anxiety associated with this milestone and the excesses associated with its celebration are sometimes fatal. Another explanation is that Phillips' results were a fluke created by a selective use of data.
H Royer; G Smith
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social biology     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0037-766X     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Biol     Publication Date:    1998 Fall-Winter
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-04-01     Completed Date:  1999-04-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0205621     Medline TA:  Soc Biol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  302-5     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, California 94105, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / psychology*
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Famous Persons*
Labor, Obstetric*
Reproducibility of Results

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