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Cause of death query

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Elisabeth Report 10 Feb 2020 22:43

I’ve just received the death certificate of a family member from 1900 who only survived 6 months. I can’t read the cause of death, despite being a medical editor myself! Can anyone help? I could sent a photo? Many thanks, Liz

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 11 Feb 2020 04:00

You can share a photo on this site using the KEEPSAFE tab at the top of your screen.

Make it so everyone can view, then other people will do their best to help.


malyon Report 11 Feb 2020 17:36

lots of deaths from TB in those days


Elisabeth Report 12 Feb 2020 10:54

Thanks Gwyn, I hope I’ve now uploaded it to keepsake and selected share with everyone. Any help gratefully received.... it’s definitely not tuberculosis... or any of the other common ones like diphtheria, pneumonia etc. The child was only 6 months old when he died, if that’s any help. Thankyou!


ArgyllGran Report 12 Feb 2020 11:01

Elisabeth -
you'll need to post a link on here, to your Keepsafe, so that we can access it.


Elisabeth Report 12 Feb 2020 11:23

Thanks ArgyllGran.... does this work?


ArgyllGran Report 12 Feb 2020 11:38

Yes, that works.

I think it's marasmus, which is "undernourishment causing a child's weight to be significantly low for their age."

"Severe malnutrition" - poor wee thing:

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 12 Feb 2020 12:08

Yes, I'd agree with ArgyllGran.

I read it as marasmus too.


Elisabeth Report 12 Feb 2020 12:46

Thanks v much, I think you’re right! Oh dear, so sad