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Fostoria Cemetery - Diseases

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Diseases of Past Times


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Information found under web site:

* ABLEPSY - Blindness

* AGUE - Malarial Fever

* AMERICAN PLAGUE - Yellow Fever

* ANASARCA - Generalized massive edema

* APHONIA - Laryngitis

* APHTHA - The infant disease, thrush

* APOPLEXY - Paralysis due to stroke

* ASPHYCSIA / ASPHICSIA - Cyanotic and lack of oxygen

* ATROPHY - Wasting away or diminishing in size

* BAD BLOOD - Syphilis

* BILIOUS FEVER - Typhoid, malaria, hepatitis or elevated temperature and bile emesis

* BILIOUSNESS - Jaundice associated with liver disease


* BLACK FEVER - Acute infection with high temperature and dark red skin lesions and high mortality rate

* BLACK POX - Black Small pox

* BLACK VOMIT - Vomiting old black blood due to ulcers or yellow fever

* BLACKWATER FEVER - Dark urine associated with high temperature

* BLADDER IN THROAT - Diphtheria (Seen on death certificates)

* BLOOD POISONING - Bacterial infection

* BLOODY FLUX - Bloody stools

* BLOODY SWEAT - Sweating sickness

* BONE SHAVE - Sciatica

* BRAIN FEVER - Meningitis

* BREAKBONE - Dengue Fever

* BRIGHT'S DISEASE - Chronic inflammatory disease of kidneys

* BRONZE JOHN - Yellow Fever

* BULE - Boil, tumor or swelling

* CACHEXY - Malnutrition

* CACOGASTRIC - Upset stomach

* CACOSPYSY - Irregular pulse

* CADUCEUS - Subject to falling sickness or epilepsy

* CAMP FEVER - Typhus, Camp Diarrhea

*CANINE MADNESS - Rabies, hydrophobia

* CANKER - Ulceration of mouth or lips or herpes simplex

* CATALEPSY - Seizures/Trances

* CATARRHAL - Nose and throat discharge from cold or allergy

* CEREBRITIS - Inflammation of cerebrum or lead poisoning

* CHILBLAIN - Swelling of extremities caused by exposure to cold

* CHILD BED FEVER - Infection following birth of a child

* CHIN COUGH - Whooping cough

* CHLOROSIS - Iron deficiency anemia

* CHOLERA - Acute severe contagious diarrhea with intestinal lining sloughing

* CHOLERA MORBUS - Characterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevated temperature, etc. Could be appendicitis

* CHOLECYSTITUS - Inflammation of the gall bladder


* CHOREA - Disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing

* COLD PLAGUE - Disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing


* CONGESTION - Any collection of fluid in an organ, like in lungs

* CORRUPTION - Infection

* CORYZA - A cold

* COSTIVENESS - Constipation

* CRAMP COLIC - Appendicitis

* CROP SICKNESS - Overextended stomach

* CROUP - Laryngitis, diphtheria, or strep throat

* CYANOSIS - Dark skin color from lack of oxygen in blood

* CYNANCHE - Disease of throat

* CYSTITIS - Inflammation of the bladder

* DAY FEVER - Fever lasting one day, sweating sickness

* DEBILITY - Lack of movement or staying in bed

* DECREPITUDE - Feebleness due to old age

* DELIRIUM TREMENS - Hallucinations due to alcoholism

* DENGUE - Infectious fever endemic to East Africa

* DENTITION - Cutting of teeth

* DEPLUMATION - Tumore of the eylids which causes hair loss

* DIARY FEVER - A fever that lasts one day

* DIPTHERIA - Contagious disease of the throat

* DISTEMPER - Usually animal disease with malaise, discharge from nose and throat, anorexia

* DOCK FEVER - Yellow Fever

* DROPSY - Edema (Swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease

* DROPSY OF THE BRAIN - Encephalitis

* DRY BELLYACHE - Lead poisoning

* DYSCRARY - An abnormal body condition

* DYSENTERY - Inflammation of colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood

* DYSOREXY - Reduced appetite

* DYSPEPSIA - Indigestion and heartburn. Heart aattack symptoms

* DYSURY - Difficulty in urination

* ECLAMPSY - Symptoms of epilepsy, convulsions during labor

* ECSTASY - A form of catalepsy characterized by loss of reason

* EDEMA - Nephrosis, swelling of tissues

* EDEMA OF LUNGS - Congestive heart failure, a form of dropsy

* EEL THING - Erysipelas

* ELEPHANTIASIS - A form of leprosy

* ENCEPHALITIS - Swelling of brain, aka sleeping sickness

* ENTEROCOLITIS - Inflammation of the intestines

* ENTERITIS - Inflation of the bowels

* EPITAXIA - Nose Bleed

*ERYSIPELAS - Contagious skin disease, due to Streptococci with vesicular and bulbous lesions

* EXTRAVASTED BLOOD - Rupture of a blood vessel


* FATTY LIVER - Cirrhosis of the liver

* FITS - Sudden attack or seizure of muscle activity

* FLUX - An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea

* FLUX OF HUMOUR - Circulation

* FRENCH POX - Syphilis

* GATHERING - a collection of pus

* GLANDULAR FEVER - Mononucleosis

* GREAT POX - Anemia

* GRIPPE/GRIP - Infuenza like symptoms

* GROCER'S ITCH - Skin disease caused by mites in sugar or flour

* HEART SICKNESS - Condition caused by loss of salt from body

* HEAT STROKE - Body temperature elevates because of surrounding environment temperature and body does not perspire to reduce temperature. Comma and death result if not reversed

* HECTICAL COMPLAINT - Recurrent fever

* HEMATEMESIS - Vomiting blood

* HEMATURIA - Bloody Urine

* HEMIPLEGY - Paralysis of one side of body

* HIP GOUT - Osteomylitis

* INANITION - Physical condition resulting lack of food


* INTESTINAL COLIC - Abdominal pain due to improper diet

* JAIL FEVER - Typhus

* JAUNDICE - Condition caused by blockage in intestines

* KING'S EVIL - Tuberculosis of neck and glands

* KRUCHHUSTEN - Whooping Cough

* LAGRIPPE - Influenza

* LOCKJAW - Tetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw. Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days.

* LUNG FEVER - pneumonia

* LUNG SICKNESS - Tuberculosis

* MALIGNANT FEVER - see typhus

* MARASMUS - Malnutrition occurring in infants and young children, caused by an insufficient intake of calories or protein

* MENINGITIS - Inflammation of the meninges characterized by high fever, severe headache, and stiff neck or back muscles. Synonym: brain fever

* MILK SICK - poisoning resulting from the drinking milk produced by a cow who had eaten a plant known as white snake root

* MORMAL - gangrene

* NEURALGIA - Sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a sensory nerve

* PARISTHMITIS - see quinsy

* PETECHIAL FEVER - see typhus

* PHTHISIS - see consumption

* PLAGUE/BLACK DEATH - Bubonic Plague

* PLEURISTY - Inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the chest cavity. Symptoms are chills, fever, dry couch, and pain in the affected side (a stitch)

* PNEUMONIA - Inflammation of the lungs

* PODAGRA - Gout

* POTTS DISEASE - Tuberculosis of the spinal vertebrae

* PUTRID SORE THROAT - see typhus

* QUINSY - An acute inflammation of the tonsils, often leading to an abscess. Synonyms: suppurative, tonsillitis, cynanche tonsillaris, paristhmitis, sore throat

* SCARLATINA - Scarlet fever. A contagious disease

* SCROFULA - Primary tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands, especially those in the neck. A disease of children and young adults. Synonym: King's evil

* SEPTIC - Infected, a condition of local or generalized invasion of the body by disease-causing germs.

* SHIP FEVER - See typhus

* SOFTENING OF THE BRAIN - Cerebral hemorrhage/stroke

* SPOTTED FEVER - see typhus

* SUMMER COMPLAINT - See cholera infantum

* SUPPURATION - The production of pus

* TEETHING - The entire process which results in the eruption of the teeth. Nineteenth-century medical reports stated that infants were more prone to disease at the time of teething, Symptoms were restlessness, fretfulness, convulsions, diarrhea, and painful and swollen gums. The latter could be relieved by lancing over the protruding tooth. Often teething was reported as a cause of death in infants. Perhaps they became susceptible to infections, especially if lancing was performed without antisepsis. Another explanation of teething as a cause of death is that infants were often weaned at the time of teething; perhaps they then died from drinking contaminated milk, leading to an infection, or from malnutrition if watered-down milk was given.

* TETANUS - An infectious, often-fatal disease caused by a specific bacterium that enters the body through wounds. Synonyms: trismus, lockjaw

* THRUSH - A disease characterized by whitish spots and ulcers on the membranes of the mouth, tongue, and fauces caused by a parasitic fungus. Synonyms: aphthae, sore mouth, aphthous stomatitis.

* TRISMUS NASCENTIUM OR NEONATORUM - A form of tetanus seen only in infants, almost invariably in the first five days of life.

* TYPHOID FEVER - An infectious, often-fatal disease, usually occurring in the summer months - characterized by intestinal inflammation and ulceration. The name came from the disease's similarity to typhus (see below). Synonym: enteric fever.

* TYPHUS - An acute, infectious disease transmitted by lice and fleas. The epidemic or classic form is louse borne, the endemic or murine is flea borne. Synonyms: typhus fever, malignant fever (in the 1850s), jail fever, hospital fever, ship fever, putrid fever, brain fever, bilious fever, spotted fever, petechial fever and camp fever.

* VARIOLA - smallpox

* WINTER FEVER - pneumonia

* YELLOW FEVER - An acute, often-fatal, infectious disease of warm climates - - caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes

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Information courtesy of Wanda Pohlman


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