Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.
Chapter 97: Negligent Death and Manslaughter
Death is broadly categorized as having occurred by natural causes, accident, homicide, or suicide. During the year 2000, the most common cause of death recorded in the United States was disease (48 per 100,000 population), followed by accident or unintentional injury (34 per 100,000), suicide (10 per 100,000), homicide (6 per 100,000), and legal intervention (2 per 100,000) (National Center for Health Statistics 2001). These broad categories determine whether the state should engage in further investigation because this would pertain to establishing the cause of death. Further state ...