Warren Deaths by Cause
Compiled by Historian Wesley Arnold
This report is based on actual death records of Warren Township.
Before 1900 although many people survived to old age the greatest numbers died before 50.
Over 50 percent of children did not make it to age 21.
Many women died in childbirth.
Many adults and children died in the summer of “Summer Complaint” which was caused by food that had partly spoiled.
Nearly all died of diseases we now have cures for.
Warren Township deaths 1867-1900 showed the following causes listed by frequency
136 unknown most of these were stillborns or under a week old
97 consumption (now known as TB
85 other some of these were unreadable writing
54 heart disease
45 old age
39 summer complaint spoiled food
39 scarlet fever
26 typhoid fever
24 inflammation of bowels
24 inflammation of lungs
23 brain disease
16 bright disease
16 inflammation other than bowels or lungs
9 small pox
6 inflammation of stomach
5 blood poisoning
2 whooping cough
Before 1900 most doctors were untrained and most medicines non existent or useless.
After 1900 the numbers of child deaths gradually declined and
deaths from the following diseases also gradually declined: Diphtheria, summer complain, scarlet fever, typhoid fever, inflammation, dropsy, bright disease, dropsy, dysentery, cholera, infantium,
grip, croup, small pox, fits, childbirth, confinement, measles, blood poisoning, malaria, whooping cough, convulsions, scarletina and deaths caused by horses.
Other causes increased such as “killed by cars”, auto accidents, airplane accidents, and deaths caused by pollution and cancer.
Today the leading causes of death are
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases):
Chronic lower respiratory diseases:
Accidents (unintentional injuries):
Influenza and Pneumonia:
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis:
above from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm