Donald A. Redelmeier, MD; Sheldon Singh, MD
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Redelmeier DA, Singh S. Survival in Academy Award–Winning Actors and Actresses. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:78. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-1-200301070-00025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(1):78.
We received a substantial amount of attention related to our research, including coverage by Science, Scientific American, Time, People, and late-night talk shows. We also received more than 50 detailed e-mail messages from those in the academic community with comments and questions. Staud and Miskie and colleagues raise two separate points but understate the diversity of the outside perspectives we encountered.
Staud claims that we did not consider undetermined factors that may contribute to both lifespan and personal achievement. We appreciate that cohort studies are prone to subtle biases, yet our analyses tested for many forms of confounding and demonstrated how much confounding was needed to vitiate the results. Moreover, speculation such as that about coping skills and excellent health would have predicted that those nominated should survive longer than those not nominated (contrary to what was observed).
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