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January 19, 1994

Where Do Obituary Listings Come From? Putting the Matter to Rest

JAMA. 1994;271(3):194. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510270040028

To the Editor.  —A cursory review of the Obituary Listing from JAMA, December 9, 1992,1 reveals a puzzling phenomenon—the seeming disproportion of relatively young physicians.I calculated the median age of death among the 40 deceased as 56.9 years. Is there any evidence this is part of a trend for physicians to die younger than the rest of the population?