Help with words on death certificate?
Can anyone figure out what the cause of death and contributory is? He was 2 years old and this is from 1915.
- The_Doc_ManLv 71 month ago
I agree that it seems to suggest dysentery caused by teething. Which implies that at some point the infant must either have developed an infection from where the gum opened up, or the child got something very unhealthy into its mouth, just like we give little ones teething rings that are soft enough to not hurt but hard enough to help the teeth come through. Back then, they probably didn't have the kind of teething toys we have now.
- 1 month ago
Teething often makes babies sick. Aside from being cranky because they are out of sorts, and have pain that they aren't familiar with, teething can lead to actual upset stomachs and fever. If teething caused an intestinal upset, which led to uncontrollable dysentary, then dysentary would be presumed to be the cause of death, with teething as the contributor. Most likely, neither cause or contributing cause was accurate.
It would not be rare for a person to die of uncontrolled dysentary in 1915, but it would be more likely that the dysentary came from an undiagnosed intestinal illness, infection, or abnormality. Over 100 years ago, there would be way to test for that, or treat it, so teething would be considered the most likely cause of the dysentary.
- formengLv 61 month ago
I feel quite sure it's dysentery and teething. Many years ago doctors incorrectly diagnose the cause of death as teething. Modern medicine places no confidence in those diagnoses.
- OrlaLv 51 month ago
That is so sad.....
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- Christin KLv 71 month ago
Cause of death is Dysentery, contributory or secondary cause is teething.
- 1 month ago
Dysentery is the word on top.
- Ms. WorthLv 71 month ago
It might be "dysentery" and "teething."
- GuardianLv 71 month ago
Contributory looks like tethering.
- MattLv 51 month ago
Could be “dysentery” but it’s hard to tell
- PetterLv 71 month ago