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A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists [Paperback]

by Jeanette L. Jerger
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May 1, 2009 0788403753 978-0788403750
When the author of this book was unsure how to understand a pension record reference to her great-grandfather being "salivated" during the Civil War, she had to do her own research. After exploring old medical resources she came up with the idea for a boo

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Books Inc. (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788403753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788403750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Suggested cures for the Genealogy pox January 4, 2001
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The other night, my great aunt was talking about "St. Vitus' Dance" as a disease someone had once and I was forced to pull down my copy of Medical Miscellany for Genealogists to figure out what she was talking about. Turns out to be a nervous condition. It was then that I realized how much I depended on this splendid little volume being close to my research desk.
Family historians are constantly confronting antiquated, slang, foreign, or otherwise strange terms for diseases and causes of death. This book alphabetically lists old terms for diseases, cures, and practitioners.
Did you know that corn smut (a fungus found on corn) was used for stimulating contractions in childbirth? That "summer complaint" was infantile diarrhea or that "phossy jaw" was the result of over-exposure to phosphorus? Or that "Oil of Whelpes" (the ingredients are disgusting) was used to cure gun shot wounds or that "prairie women" was the term used for women brought to mental asylums suffering from depression caused by living too long on the isolated prairies of Kansas & Nebraska?
One of the most useful things about this book is the tremendous amount of cross referencing done between different terms for the same ailment. It is a terrific reference book.
Between the gruesome names for some of the diseases, the horrible cures, and the quackery of the practitioners, it's very clear that you did not want to get sick in the past.
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