On “Mouth Breathing,” and Other Rare Causes of Death in America

Among the rarest causes of death listed in the CDC’s national mortality registry are such ailments as “mouth breathing,” “pathological fire setting,” “flatulence and related conditions,” and “sexual aversion and loss of sexual enjoyment.” Stuart Buck provides an even longer list, and links to his data analysis, in a recent article for Scientific American. It’s a silly list, populated with decidedly non-lethal maladies, but it raises serious questions. Chief among them: Who in their right mind would list something like flatulence (or amnesia, or social phobia, or joint pain) as the official explanation for someone’s death?

Source: On “Mouth Breathing,” and Other Rare Causes of Death in America

The article doesn’t mention “death by misadventure”, for cases like where people have followed GPS to their death…