A letter to the editor was presented which takes exception to a statement offered in an earlier paper which was critical of the caliber of information regarding occupational data obtained from death certificates. The letter indicated that in a study of Washington state death certificates, 75% of the listed occupations were verified through interview. In another 10% of the cases, the death certificate listed a related occupation. In Bristol, England there was no discrepancy between the occupation of men recorded at death registration and the next of kin interview in 79% of the cases and there was only a negligible discrepancy in another 6% of the cases. In Detroit the agreement was 73.2%; in Massachusetts, 75%. In a study of 32,707 death certificates from every state in the United States gathered from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 93% indicated carpenter, cabinetmaker or some other occupation covered by the union. Another occupation was listed 6% of the time, and only 1% gave no occupation.