Chapter 1. Evolution and present status of vital records and statistics -- Chapter 2. Uses of vital records and vital statistics in the modem world -- Chapter 3. Governmental provision - legal and administrative - for registration of vital events and for compilation of vital statistics -- Chapter 4. Statistical definition of events to be registered and counted -- Chapter 5. Registration - the registrar and the informant -- Chapter 6. The registration process -- Chapter 7. The register and the registration record -- Chapter 8. . The reporting process and the statistical report -- Chapter 9. Items on statistical reports of vital events -- Chapter 10. Items on statistical reports: uses, definitions, classifications, and problems relating to -- Chapter 11. Compilation - statistical processing -- Chapter 12. Tabulation - principles and programme -- Chapter 13. Computation of rates and indices -- Chapter 14. Evaluation of the vital statistics system -- Annex 1. Chronology of important events in the development of civil registration and vital statistics -- Annex 2. Principles for a Vital Statistics System -- Annex 3. Definition of stillbirth: 84 geographic areas, as of 1 January 1950 -- Annex 4. Selected list of references.