Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: In a previous report1 on overall mortality for a cohort of 255,868 cellular
telephone users from a single cellular carrier, we found that age-specific
total mortality rates for users of handheld cellular telephones differed little
from those of users of nonhandheld (car and bag) cellular telephones. Herein
we report cause-specific mortality in 1994 for an expanded cohort. Although
the initial protocol called for continuing surveillance for mortality,2 access to data beyond 1 year was blocked by a class-action
lawsuit3 challenging the legality of monitoring
product safety through record linkage.
Dreyer NA, Loughlin JE, Rothman KJ. Cause-Specific Mortality in Cellular Telephone Users. JAMA. 1999;282(19):1814-1816. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-19-jbk1117