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Old Disease Names

Ever have an "old-timer" tell you that you have this strange sounding disease? Well You might just find it listed here../
These Were Frequently found on Death Certificates as the cause of Death!


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 plague or death - Bubonic plague


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; septicemia


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; aka 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


Cholelithiasis - Gall stones


Chorea - Disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing


Cold plague - Ague which is characterized by chills


Colic - An abdominal pain and cramping


Congestive chills - Malaria


Consumption - Tuberculosis


Congestion - Any collection of fluid in an organ, like the lungs


Congestive chills - Malaria with diarrhea


Congestive fever - Malaria


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 - Diseases 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 - Tumor of the eyelids 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


Dyscrasy - An abnormal body condition


Dysentery - Inflammation of colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood


Dysorexy - Reduced appetite


Dyspepsia - Indigestion and heartburn. Heart attack 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
sickness


Enteric fever - Typhoid fever


Enterocolitis - Inflammation of the intestines


Enteritis - Inflations of the bowels


Epitaxis - Nose bleed


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


Extravasted blood - Rupture of a blood vessel


Falling sickness - Epilepsy


Fatty Liver - Cirrhosis of 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 - Syphilis


Green fever / sickness - Anemia


Grippe/grip - Influenza like symptoms


Grocer's itch - Skin disease caused by mites in sugar or flour


Heart sickness - Condition caused by loss of salt from body


Hectical complaint - Recurrent fever


Hematemesis - Vomiting blood


Hematuria - Bloody urine


Hemiplegy - Paralysis of one side of body


Hip gout - Osteomylitis


Horrors - Delirium tremens


Hydrocephalus - Enlarged head, water on the brain


Hydropericardium - Heart dropsy


Hydrophobia - Rabies


Hydrothroax - Dropsy in chest


Hypertrophic - Enlargement of organ, like the heart


Impetigo - Contagious skin disease characterized by pustules


Inanition - Physical condition resulting from lack of food


Infantile paralysis - Polio


Intestinal colic - Abdominal pain due to improper diet


Jail fever - Typhus


Jaundice - Condition caused by blockage of intestines


King's Evil - Tuberculosis of neck and lymph glands


Kruchhusten - Whooping cough


Lagrippe - Influenza


Long sickness - Tuberculosis


Lues disease - Syphilis


Lues venera - Venereal disease


Lumbago - Back pain


Lung fever - Pneumonia


Lung sickness - Tuberculosis


Lying in - Time of delivery of infant


Malignant sore throat - Diphtheria


Mania - Insanity


Marasmus - Progressive wasting away of body, like malnutrition


Membranous Croup - Diphtheria


Meningitis - Inflations of brain or spinal cord


Metritis - Inflammation of uterus or purulent vaginal discharge


Miasma - Poisonous vapors thought to infect the air


Milk fever - Disease from drinking contaminated milk, like undulant fever or brucellosis


Milk leg - Post partum thrombophlebitis


Milk sickness - Disease from milk of cattle which had eaten poisonous weeds


Mormal - Gangrene


Morphew - Scurvy blisters on the body


Mortification - Gangrene of necrotic tissue


Myelitis - Inflammation of the spine


Myocarditis - Inflammation of heart muscles


Necrosis - Mortification of bones or tissue


Nephrosis - Kidney degeneration


Nepritis - Inflammation of kidneys


Nervous prostration - Extreme exhaustion from inability to control physical and mental activities


Neuralgia - Described as discomfort, such as "Headache" was neuralgia in head


Nostalgia - Homesickness


Palsy - Paralysis or uncontrolled movement of controlled muscles.


Paroxysm - Convulsion


Pemphigus - Skin disease of watery blisters


Pericarditis - Inflammation of heart


Peripneumonia - Inflammation of lungs


Peritonotis - Inflammation of abdominal area


Petechial Fever - Fever characterized by skin spotting


Peurperal exhaustion - Death due to child birth


Phthiriasis - Lice infestation


Phthisis - Chronic wasting away or a name for tuberculosis


Plague - An acute febrile highly infectious disease with a high fatality rate


Pleurisy - Any pain in the chest area with each breath


Podagra - Gout


Poliomyelitis - PolioPotter's asthma - Fibroid pthisis


Pott's disease - Tuberculosis of spine


Puerperal exhaustion - Death due to childbirth


Puerperal fever - Elevated temperature after giving birth to an infant


Puking fever - Milk sickness


Putrid fever - Diphtheria


Quinsy - Tonsillitis


Remitting fever - Malaria


Rheumatism - Any disorder associated with pain in joints


Rickets - Disease of skeletal system


Rose cold - Hay fever or nasal symptoms of an allergy


Rotanny fever - (Child's disease) ???


Rubeola - German measles


Sanguineous crust - Scab


Scarlatina - Scarlet fever


Scarlet fever - A disease characterized by red rash


Scarlet rash - Roseola


Sciatica - Rheumatism in the hips


Scirrhus - Cancerous tumors


Scotomy - Dizziness, nausea and dimness of sight


Scrivener's palsy - Writer's cramp


Screws - Rheumatism


Scrofula - Tuberculosis of neck lymph glands. Progresses slowly with abscesses and pustulas develop.

Young person's disease. Possibly chicken pox


Scrumpox - Skin disease, impetigo


Scurvy - Lack of vitamin C. Symptoms of weakness, spongy gums and hemorrhages under skin


Septicemia - Blood poisoning


Shakes - Delirium tremens


Shaking - Chills, ague


Shingles - Viral disease with skin blisters


Ship fever - Typhus


Siriasis - Inflammation of the brain due to sun exposure


Sloes - Milk sickness


Small pox - Contagious disease with fever and blisters


Softening of brain - Result of stroke or hemorrhage in the brain, with an end result of the tissue softening in that area


Sore throat distemper - Diphtheria or quinsy


Spanish influenza - Epidemic influenza


Spasms - Sudden involuntary contraction of muscle or group of muscles, like a convulsion


Spina bifida - Deformity of spine


Spotted fever - Either typhus or meningitis


Sprue - Tropical disease characterized by intestinal disorders and sore throat


St. Anthony's fire - Also erysipelas, but named so because of affected skin


areas are bright red in appearance


St. Vitas dance - Ceaseless occurrence of rapid complex jerking movements performed involuntary


Stomatitis - Inflammation of the mouth


Stranger's fever - Yellow fever


Strangery - Rupture


Sudor anglicus - Sweating sickness


Summer complaint - Diarrhea, usually in infants caused by spoiled milk


Sunstroke - Uncontrolled elevation of body temperature due to environment heat. Lack of sodium in the body is a predisposing cause


Swamp sickness - Could be malaria, typhoid or encephalitis


Sweating sickness - Infectious and fatal disease common to UK in 15th century


Tetanus - Infectious fever characterized by high fever, headache and dizziness


Thrombosis - Blood clot inside blood vessel


Thrush - Childhood disease characterized by spots on mouth, lips and throat


Toxemia of pregnancy - Eclampsia


Trench mouth - Painful ulcers found along gum line, Caused by poor nutrition and poor hygiene


Tussis convulsiva - Whooping cough


Typhus - Infectious fever characterized high fever, headache, and dizziness


Variola - Smallpox


Venesection - Bleeding


Viper's dance - St. Vitus Dance


Water on brain - Enlarged head


White swelling - Tuberculosis of the bone


Winter fever - Pneumonia


Womb fever - Infection of the uterus.


Worm fit - Convulsions associated with teething, worms, elevated temperature or diarrhea


Yellowjacket - Yellow fever