Natural Death

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What is the "cause" or meaning of the term natural death?
 

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It says here:

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oi=defmore&q=define:Natural+Death

Definitions of Natural Death on the Web:

* Death by means other than accident or homicide. (G)
www.insweb.com/learningcenter/glossary/general-n.htm[/URL]

it says here [url]http://www.angelfire.com/rebellion/deathisinevitable/[/url] 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
 
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The out of date term, death by natural causes referred to body part failure.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.
 
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hypatia said:
The out of date term, death by natural causes referred to body part failure.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.
 
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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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