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Causes of death
« on: Thursday 12 February 09 15:25 GMT (UK) »
Just wondered if there is a web-site which might explain some of the causes of death on certificates.  I`ve had one recently which was `brain disease` in 1878 which I should think could cover many things!  I do wonder how accurate some of the older ones are especially in poorer areas where presumably a doctor wouldn`t have been involved until the last possible moment.
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Re: Causes of death
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 12 February 09 18:06 GMT (UK) »
There's quite a few around, e.g.:
http://www.comportone.com/cpo/genealogy/articles/names_illinesses.htm

It is quite common to see what is actually a symptom (e.g. Dropsy) listed as the cause of death. A full PM/inquest would not have been performed unless the death was suspicious in some way.  "Brain disease" could mean several things, but the above suggests "Brain Fever" was Meningitis.

I like the following, circa 1830, in Bedfordshire (via A2A):
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Midsummer Sessions. Financial business: Coroner's bill for inquests on - Elizabeth Hatten, drowned, Thomas Covington, died of eating chitterlings; Thomas Neal, accidental death; William Stuart, Visitation of God; Hannah Sanders, Visitation of God.
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Re: Causes of death
« Reply #2 on: Friday 13 February 09 15:54 GMT (UK) »
Thanks very much for that - what a brilliant website - good job I`m not a hypochondriac!
I had wondered if `brain disease` might include things like depression as this poor lady had lost 2 children in quick succession a couple of years before she died, but I don`t know if they linked the brain with mental illness in those days.
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« Reply #3 on: Friday 13 February 09 16:10 GMT (UK) »
http://www.antiquusmorbus.com/English/EnglishB.htm
Have a look at "brainsick" under here.  ???
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Re: Causes of death
« Reply #4 on: Friday 13 February 09 16:41 GMT (UK) »
Thankyou for that, I think.  She`s not a very close relative so hopefully it doesn`t run in the family!
Jane