Congenital Arthur Miller

According to many of the media reports of the death of Arthur Miller he apparently died of congenital heart failure. Wouldn’t “congenital” imply he had heart failure at birth? Presumably, they meant to say “congestive”, he may have had a congenital heart problem of course that led to heart failure in later life. Meanwhile, one of my chums on the NASW discussion lists explained that in the US, “congestive heart failure” is not an acceptable cause of death for entry on a death certificate. Maybe they should have just said he died of a “dodgy ticker”, makes more sense than congenital.

Author: David Bradley

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