Re: Cause of death - help to decipher?
- From: Charles Ellson <charles@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 23:53:12 +0100
On Thu, 21 Oct 2010 23:26:34 -0700, Don Kirkman
On Fri, 22 Oct 2010 01:08:07 +0100, John Prentice"Certified" normally indicates that the preceding details are from a
I'm trying to work out the cause of death of an ancestor from her death
cert - but it's a little tricky to make sense of the scrawl.
Here's the cert:
(or http://bit.ly/90nYaE if the above link breaks in your news program.)
Here's a useful tip - if the PDF loads into an Adobe Reader session
within your browser (instead of launching a separate Reader program),
you can right-click on the image, and select "Rotate Clockwise".
What I can make out with fair confidence is:
 appears to start "Acc-" or "Occ-" and end "-uche" or "-uck", or
possibly "-ude". Putting it together, it might be "Occlude" but that
doesn't quite make sense with .
 seems to be "heart", but I wouldn't put much money on it.
I'd appreciate any comments you can make!
I make it out to be "Hemorrhage after accouchement and consequent
exhaustion certified." All the nouns are capitalized, and I can't
tell if the "certified" is linked to the preceding words or if it
medical certificate of death with "Not certified" indicating that the
details are not so supported.
On older death registrations while the sequence of details seems to be
generally maintained it is sometimes not clear which of the details
following the one leading directly to the death is something which has
led to that cause or is another condition which has added to the
effect of the cause of death as the section numbers used on modern
registrations were not copied from (or present on?) the death
The details on a current medical certificate of cause of death in
England and Wales are:-
I(a) Disease or condition directly leading to death
I(b) Other diseases or conditions, if any, leading to 1(a)
I(c) Other diseases or conditions, if any, leading to 1(b)
II Other significant conditions CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEATH [sic] but
not related to the disease or condition causing it.
Where the list fails to show the numbering it is thus sometimes
possible for doubt to occur whether the last item listed belongs to I
or II although the above example suggests that at the time there was
no forced sequencing of the details now recorded in section I.
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