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Medical certificate of death

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Medical certificate of death  (MEDICAL certificate of death)

Mortality statistics are generally compiled from death registrations (cf. 211). When a death takes place a death certificate1 is generally issued; statistics are compiled from the information given on death certificates. In some countries a distinction is made between the medical certificate of death2 issued by a medical practitioner who has attended the deceased person during his last illness, and an ordinary death certificate issued by the registrar of deaths for legal purposes.

  • 1. The first death statistics in England and Wales were compiled from bills of mortality which were generally drawn up on the basis of burial registers.