Death rates of characters in soap operas on British television: is a government health warning required?

@article{Crayford1997DeathRO,
  title={Death rates of characters in soap operas on British television: is a government health warning required?},
  author={Tim J B Crayford and Richard Hooper and Sarah Evans},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={1997},
  volume={315},
  pages={1649 - 1652}
}
Abstract Objective: To measure mortality among characters in British soap operas on television. Design: Cohort analysis of deaths in EastEnders and Coronation Street, supplemented by an analysis of deaths in Brookside and Emmerdale. Main outcome measures: Standardised mortality ratios and the proportional mortality ratio for deaths attributable to external causes (E code of ICD-9 (international classification of diseases, ninth revision). Results: Staying alive in a television soap opera is not… 
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