Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Outdated Medical Terms

Whether it is in a personal diary, a death record, or a county history, as genealogists we encounter medical terms that are puzzling.

Would you know what these newspaper clippings are referring to?:


Can you match the terms in the first column with their definitions in the second column?

You can post your answers in the comment field at the bottom of the page.

1. Apoplexy                            A. Gout

2. Bad Blood                          B. Back Pain

3. Chilblain                            C. Typhus

4. Cholera                               D. Indigestion, Heartburn

5. Consumption                     E. Smallpox

6. Diptheria                            F. Influenza

7. Dropsy                                G. Polio

8. Dyspepsia                          H. Syphilis

9. Flux                                     I. Stroke

10. Grippe                               J. Extremities swollen due to cold

11. Infantile Paralysis            K. Severe Contagious Diarrhea

12. Jail Fever                          L. Tuberculosis

13. Lock Jaw                          M. Contagious Disease of the Throat

14. Lumbago                          N. Streptococcal Tonsillitis

15. Podagra                            O. Excessive discharge, like Diarrhea

16. Quinsy                              P. Congestive Heart Failure

17. Scrofula                            Q. Tetanus

18. Variola                              R. Tuberculosis in neck lymph nodes

Check back later in the week for the answers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What an interesting blog! I'm going to have to look up some of these!