Many of my family and friends know I studied biochemistry and immunology, and worked in hospital pathology laboratories for many years.
So, with my own fascination and inspired by Helen Smith’s blog including her health history charts, here is my own ancestral health history / cause of death chart.
It was hard to know what colours to use as there are many different causes of death, and multiple causes for some.
For most of these, it was hard to tell which was the overriding cause of death, and which just symptoms or other conditions that existed at the time of death.
I coloured the boxes or text of those with heart disease as that seemed to dominate my family’s chart – a fair warning to us all to take care of our heart now.
I’ve entered the age at death too.
Many lived long lives (especially for those early times) so no surprises that a number died of organ failure or senility.