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Covering Indiana counties of: Clark, Crawford, Dubois, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Lawrence, Orange, Perry, Scott and Washington; and Kentucky counties of Breckinridge, Bullitt, Hardin, Jefferson and Meade.
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
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
Blackwater fever = Dark urine associated with high
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
Catalepsy = Seizures / trances.
Catarrhal = Nose and throat discharge from cold or
Cerebritis = Inflammation of cerebrum or lead
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,
cramps, elevated temperature, etc. Could be
Cholecystitus = Inflammation of the gall bladder
Cholelithiasis = Gall stones
Chorea = Disease characterized by convulsions,
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
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
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,
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
Dysorexy = Reduced appetite
of mucous and blood.
Dyspepsia = Indigestion and heartburn. Heart attack
Dysury = Difficulty in urination
Eclampsy = Symptoms of epilepsy, convulsions during
Ecstasy = A form of catalepsy characterized by loss
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
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
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
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
Inanition = Physical condition resulting from lack
Infantile paralysis = Polio
Intestinal colic = Abdominal pain due to improper diet
Jail fever = Typhus
Jaundice = Condition caused by blockage of
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
Membranous Croup = Diphtheria
Meningitis = Inflations of brain or spinal cord
Metritis = Inflammation of uterus or purulent
Miasma = Poisonous vapors thought to infect the air
Milk fever = Disease from drinking contaminated
undulant fever or brucellosis
Milk leg = Post partum thrombophlebitis.
Milk sickness = Disease from milk of cattle which had eaten
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 activities
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
Puerperal exhaustion Death due to child birth
Phthiriasis = Lice infestation
Phthisis = Chronic wasting away or a name for
Plague = An acute febrile highly infectious disease
a high fatality rate.
Pleurisy = Any pain in the chest area with each
Podagra = Gout
Poliomyelitis = Polio
Potter's asthma = Fibroid pthisis
Pott's disease = Tuberculosis of spine
Puerperal exhaustion = Death due to childbirth
Puerperal fever = Elevated temperature after giving birth to
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
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.
slowly with abscesses and fistulas 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
Sloes = Milk sickness
Small pox = Contagious disease with fever and
Softening of brain = Result of stroke or hemorrhage in the
an end result of the tissue softening in that
Sore throat distemper = Diphtheria or quinsy
Spanish influenza = Epidemic influenza
Spasms = Sudden involuntary contraction of muscle or
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
skin areas are bright red in appearance.
St. Vitas dance = Ceaseless occurrence of rapid complex
jerking movements performed involuntary
Stomatitis = Inflammation of the mouth
Stranger's fever = Yellow fever
Strangery = Rupture
Sudor anglicus = Sweating sickness
Summer complaint = Diarrhea, usually in infants caused by
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
in 15th century
Tetanus = Infectious fever characterized by high
headache and dizziness
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,
elevated temperature or diarrhea.
Yellowjacket = Yellow fever.