If you think about it.....in the 1920s.....we probably had around one to two thousand ways that a guy could get sick or die.
This week, we (the US government) wrapped up the ICD-10 codes for hospitals and insurance companies....which tell you the various ways that we can die or get sick.
There are now 70,000 ways to get sick, hurt or get dead.
I paused over this.
One of my long-distant relatives had the misfortune of getting kicked in the head by a mule. In those days, there was no code. You just kinda noted his name and important dates on some headstone, and a couple of stories were generated over how it occurred. The guy's been dead for a hundred years....but I imagine via the stories....at least twenty people have some knowledge of the guy.
Do we really need 70,000 codes? It's hard to say.
It might be shocking to realize that eighty people die each year from bicycle accidents involving training wheels, or six people die each year from elephant attacks in the US. My brother would probably note that six guys a year from the county die from boating accidents, although you'd need a sub-code to note alcohol in half of these, and lack of a life-preserver in the other three.
Somewhere in this mess.....there's probably a code for death-by-frying-pan, death-by-chimney-collapsing, death-by-angry-wife, and death-by-falling-off-the-roof-while-straightening-the-antenna.
The curious thing will be if we add another 10,000 codes by 2030.