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Aging of Veterans of the Union Army: Surgeons' Certificates, Version S-1 Standardized, 1862-1940

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : medical records data
Creator
  • Fogel, Robert W., et al. (University of Chicago. Center for Population Economics)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Civil War Veterans Series
Publication Date
2002-08-29
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
Language
English
Free Keywords
aging; American Civil War; causes of death; census data; demographic characteristics; disease; health status; labor force; medical records; midlife; military pensions; military recruitment; military service; mortality rates; nineteenth century; nutrition; socioeconomic status; twentieth century; Union Army; veterans
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection constitutes a portion of the historical data collected by the project "Early Indicators of Later Work Levels, Disease, and Death." With the goal of constructing datasets suitable for longitudinal analyses of factors affecting the aging process, the project collects military, medical, and socioeconomic data on a sample of white males mustered into the Union Army during the Civil War. The surgeons' certificates contain information from examining physicians to determine eligibility for pension benefits. Also included are questions regarding the age, occupation, residence, and military experience of the veterans. These data can be linked to AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: MILITARY, PENSION, AND MEDICAL RECORDS, 1820-1940 (ICPSR 6837) and AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1850, 1860, 1900, 1910 (ICPSR 6836) using the variable "recidnum." This version of the Surgeons' Certificates differs from the previous version, AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: SURGEONS' CERTIFICATES, 1860-1940 (ICPSR 2877), in that the data contain standard codes for medical variables and that 5,346 new observations have been added from Ohio veterans. This collection studies the health conditions and disabilities of Union Army veterans, identifying relationships between biomedical and socioeconomic conditions. Also examined is the impact of age at onset of disabilities, comorbidities, and rates of deterioration on waiting time to death. These data also look at the connection between the burden of diseases and the cause of death among Union Army veterans compared to that of persons dying toward the end of the twentieth century. The investigators seek to determine how the age-specific curve of chronic disease burdens after age 50 has changed over time.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Variables A_AGE through H_RAT31
    • DS2: Variables H_REL101 through Q_MALASS
    • DS3: Variables Q_NAUSEA through W_DIS101
    • DS4: Variables W_DIS102 through Y_CMT
    • DS5: Variables Y_CNJ101 through Z_REL8
Temporal Coverage
  • 1862 / 1940
    Time period: 1862--1940
  • 1992 / 1999
    Collection date: 1992--1999
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
  • Ohio
Sampled Universe
Union Army recruits in white volunteer infantry regiments. Commissioned officers, Black recruits, and other branches of the military were excluded from the universe.
Sampling
A one-stage cluster sample of Union Army companies was randomly selected from the "Regimental Books" housed at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection contains 87,233 cases that are split into five files containing all the cases per group of variables. (2) Files can be merged by using the variables "recidnum" and "examnum." Users should refer to the Supplemental Documentation for information on merging these files.(3) The codebook and supplemental documentation are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Note
2006-01-18 File DOC3417.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2006-01-18 File CB3417.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health (NIH-PO1-AG10120). National Science Foundation (NSF-SBR-9114981).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3417 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Costa, Dora L., Steckel, Richard H.. Long-term trends in health, welfare, and economic growth in the United States. Health and Welfare During Industrialization.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1997.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Fogel, Robert W., et al. (2002): Aging of Veterans of the Union Army: Surgeons' Certificates, Version S-1 Standardized, 1862-1940. Version 1. Civil War Veterans Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03417.v1