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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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SUAREZ-GUZMAN, Francisco Javier  and  PERAL-PACHECO, Diego. Causes of mortality as a result of old age in Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz, Spain) in the 19th century. [online]. 2015, vol.63, n.2, pp.229-234. ISSN 0120-0011.

Background. We have compiled the causes of age-related decease in Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz, Spain) during the 19th century, following Bertillon's International Classification of Diseases of 1899. Objective. To study the causes of mortality due to old age in Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz, Spain) during the 19th century. Materials and methods. A total of 26.203 deceases has been found. For 7.665 of these no cause of death is recorded. We have consulted the Books of the Death, located in the Parish Archives, and files of the Historical Archives. Results. The first decease appears on 28th June, 1808. Gross specific mortality rates are 0.3% on average. The application of the term old age changed with the passing of time, especially with the increase of life expectancy, but the elderly remain an object of social marginalization. Conclusion. Age-related diseases caused 204 deceases-1.1% of the total for the period under research-being the twelfth most frequent cause of death in the population. The highest mortality rate occurs between the ages of 75 and 84 with 85 deceases (41.7%). Females have a higher mortality rate than males (128 deceases, 62.7%). January is the month with most deceases.

Keywords : Old age; Mortality; History of medicine.

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