From ague to pyrexia and from smallpox to heart disease: an overview of causes of death in Scotland 1855-1955

Reid, A. & Garrett, E. (2013) Death in Modern Scotland, 1855: beliefs, attitudes and practices Edinburgh 1-3 Feb 2013

Other information: This paper will provide a broad overview of mortality in Scotland for the century following the inception of civil registration in 1855, paying particular attention to the changes in the causes of death in Scotland over the 100 year period. It will use the detailed returns of deaths by cause of death, age and year given in the Annual Reports of the Registrar General for Scotland to examine how changes in nosology, medical knowledge and fashion, age structure, and disease environment affected the evolution of trends in the causes of death reported over the first century of civil registration.

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