Ernst [Ernest] Staines died in 1936 and his cause of death is shown here:

Medical certificate of death

taken from FamilySearch.

I'm having difficulty reading the cause of death. Perhaps:

Toxaemia from Gangrene
of Right Foot

Can anyone fill in the gaps?

I can understand him dying from Toxaemia/Gangrene (I suspect we'd call it sepsis now) but would like to understand the full picture.

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Paresis, which is nerve-related weakness or partial paralysis.

From the dates of onset you can see he was suffering from the toxaemia for two months but the paresis only onset in his last week. It would seem logical that the paresis occurred secondary to gangrene although the death certificate does not state where he was experiencing paresis.

Added: Go back to the death certificate on FamilySearch and go back one page. There is a note for death additional information for Ernst that reads:

Kindly have physician state whether this was paresis of the insane or should it be regarded as senile paresis.

Under which is written:

Senile paresis

This suggests that this was a central nervous issue, possibly showing signs of dementia as well as weakness/paralysis. Although whether or not it was related to the toxaemia we can never know.

  • Good catch! Thank you.
    – user6485
    Jul 30, 2019 at 14:45

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