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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
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
Encephalitis               Swelling of brain; aka sleeping 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
Heat stroke                Body temperature elevates because of surrounding environment
                           temperature and body does not perspire to reduce temperature.
						   Coma and death result if not reversed
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
Lockjaw                    Tetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and
                           jaw.  Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days
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
Neuralgia                  Described as discomfort, such as "Headache" 
                           was neuralgia in head
Nostalgia                  Homesickness
Palsy                      Paralysis or uncontrolled movement of controlled muscles. 
                           It was listed as "Cause of death"
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
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  pistulas develop. Young person's disease
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 involuntarily
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
Thrombosis                 Blood clot inside blood vessel
Thrush                     Childhood disease characterized by spots on mouth, lips and throat
Tick fever                 Rocky mountain spotted fever
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.
By Dan Burrows
with his permission

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