- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Heritage Books Inc. (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0788403753
- ISBN-13: 978-0788403750
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 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: #230,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists
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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.