(Received 30 May 1996; accepted 1 July 1996)
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This article includes a brief discussion of the evolution death registration as it changed from records of church burial ceremonies to the recording of vital events by government in defined registration areas; today's death registration system in the United States; classification and coding procedures; limitations of data derived from death registration; educational materials; legal issues involving death certificates; and the re-engineering of the death registration process.
Associate professor of Forensic Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
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