Here are some helpful links for learning about death certification as per the December 2 Lecture: The National Association of Medical Examiners has a good tutorial on
WRITING CAUSE-OF-DEATH STATEMENTS
and some useful general autopsy definitions elsewhere on their very educational website.
Specific to Texas, but generalizable to most North American jurisdictions, you could take a look at the TEXAS SITE which includes very good tutorials on DC writing.
(To see a REALLY USEFUL INTERACTIVE copy of the TEXAS DEATH CERTIFICATE, CLICK HERE!)
You can then click on any "field" in the Death Certificate which displays and you will be taken to an explanation of what that field is for.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL have a page of links to documents on the correct filing of the death certificate.
AN article from the CMAJ, “Improving the accuracy of death Certification” by Myers and Farquhar is available online in pdf format.
Finally, the November 2003 official government list of REPORTABLE DISEASES IN QUEBEC is available as a PDF document here.
If you like, you can CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LECTURE NOTES IN POWERPOINT ON THE AUTOPSY AND DEATH CERTIFICATION LECTURE. These are abbreviated but VERY slow to load, do not try to open them before download if you have a slow connection and even with highspeed it will take a while to load.