80 Old Time Illnesses and Their Current Names

When doing our genealogy research, whether looking at death certificates, newspaper articles, or other sources, we are often faced with different terminology for things.  Nowhere is that more evident than in medical terminology.

Whether the term is written in an old letter, a newspaper article, or an official document, we are often faced with the challenge to find out what that term means, for our understanding, but more importantly for documenting the cause of death.

Below are several sources of terminology equivalences that you can use as reference material.

I have also put together some of the more common terms, some of which were fatal, some not. You can download the list as a PDF.

Medical Terminology Resources

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3 replies on “80 Old Time Illnesses and Their Current Names”

That’s odd. Hundreds of these have been downloaded without an issue. I use Chrome myself. In fact I have created over 40 of these downloadable Quick Reference Guides in pdf and this is the first time an issue has been reported in two years.

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