Published in Cancer Weekly, August 31st, 2004
"We analyzed a mortality database in which all causes of death on each death certificate were coded, as well as underlying cause, to study trends from 1979 to 1998," scientists in England report.
"Multiple-cause-coded death rates for pneumonia and acute bronchitis fell steadily and consistently. There were complementary rises and falls in death rates for individual chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) - chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive airways disease - attributable to changes in clinical terminology," wrote M.J. Goldacre and...
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