What is the "cause" or meaning of the term natural death?
It says here:
Definitions of Natural Death on the Web:
* Death by means other than accident or homicide. (G)
it says here http://www.angelfire.com/rebellion/deathisinevitable/ that:
Most people would probably agree that it is preferable for a person's death to be a "natural" death - but what does that mean?
The only definition of a natural death, in medical science, comes from pathologists. Their definition is this; "A natural death is a death that results from a natural disease process, distinct from a death that results from accident or violence."
All of the smoking related deaths involve natural disease processes; cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema - these are all "natural disease processes". Smoking-related deaths are "natural" deaths.
Anyways you could probably find other info on it via google, altavista, etc
The out of date term, death by natural causes referred to body part failure. Heart attack/failure,brain hemorrhage/stroke, kidney failure and even most cancers fell under this heading. Bacterial and viral are not considered natural.
Most states in the US now request a more detailed cause.
Interesting. I presume from your description with regards to bacterial/viral lethal events, that this is not considered "natural" as a foreign biological agent is the primary causative factor in the eventual death.
Yes, the correct cause of death would of been listed as pneumonia, septicemia or influenza or what ever the infection was.
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