When doing our genealogy research, whether looking at death certificates, newspaper articles, or other sources, we are often faced with different terminology for things. No where is that more evident than in medical terminology.
Whether the term is written in an old letter, a newspaper article or official document, we are often faced with the challenge to find out what that term means, for our understanding of course, 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, which you can download as a pdf.
Medical Terminology Resources
- Historical Names of Diseases and Conditions
- Old Time Disease Names
- Old Time Illnesses, Diseases, and Medical Terms
- Old Time Diseases
- Old Disease Names and Their Modern Definition
- Old Disease Names
- Old Time Medical Terms
To download “40 Old Time illnesses and Their Current Names” Quick Sheet PDF, click on 40 Old Diseases