Mortality Salience of Birthdays on Day of Death in the Major Leagues

  title={Mortality Salience of Birthdays on Day of Death in the Major Leagues},
  author={Ernest L. Abel and Michael L. Kruger},
  journal={Death Studies},
  pages={175 - 184}
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