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A Glossary of Archaic Medical Terms, Diseases and Causes of Death
The Genealogist's Resource for Interpreting Causes of Death.
Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms is a collection of archaic medical terms and their old and modern definitions. The primary focus of this web site is to help decipher the Causes of Death found on Mortality Lists, Certificates of Death and Church Death Records from the 19th century and earlier. This web site will be updated often and as new information is received. My intention is to collect and record old medical terms in all European languages. The English and German lists are the most extensive to date.
Each term is only listed once. Check under the other headings if the term is not in the alphabetical lists. Also, try the Google search tool below.
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These lists contain the results of years of research, deciphering thousands of Church Death Records, Mortality Lists and other sources. Then finding definitions for each Cause of Death in my collection of antique medical books and online reference web sites. I welcome all inquiries and more than welcome any additional terms or definitions that are not presently included.
I am especially interested in definitions from various time periods that may contrast the changing meaning of the term over time.
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