Can’t Read that 20th Century Cause of Death?

If you’ve seen those codes or numbers by the cause of death on a 20th century death certificate and wondered what they mean, this page has links to the “International Classification of Diseases.”

This can be helpful when the cause of death is difficult to read. This 1924 death certificate from Missouri classified the death as “118a.”

The contemporary guide indicated it was a hernia. This death was easy to read, but some aren’t.

 

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