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Causes of Death in Days of Old

Disease Name
Symptoms / Description

Apoplexy

Paralysis due to stroke

Brain Fever

Meningitis

Bright's Disease

Chronic inflammatory disease of kidneys

Child bed fever

Infection following birth of a child

Cholera

Acute severe contagious diarrhea with intestinal lining sloughing

Cholera morbus

Characterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevated temperature, etc. Could be appendicitis

Congestive chills/ fever

Malaria

Consumption

Tuberculosi

Decrepitude

Feebleness due to old age

Dropsy

Edema (swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease

Dropsy of the Brain

Encephalitis

Dysentery

Inflammation of colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood

Encephalitis

Swelling of brain; aka sleeping sickness

Falling sickness

Epilepsy

Flux

An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea

Grippe/grip

Influenza like symptoms

Jaundice

Condition caused by blockage of intestines

Lagrippe

Influenza

Lockjaw

Tetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw. Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days

Lung fever

Pneumonia

Lung sickness

Tuberculosis

Meningitis

Inflation of brain or spinal cord

Nephrosis

Kidney degeneration

Nepritis

Inflammation of kidneys

Quinsy 

Abscess behind tonsils

Small pox

Contagious disease with fever and blisters

Summer complaint

Diarrhea, usually in infants caused by spoiled milk

Tuberculosis

Bacterial infection that primarily attacks the lungs, but which may also affect the kidneys, bones, lymph nodes, and brain.  Symptoms of TB include coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, chills, and fatigue.

Tetanus

Infectious fever characterized by high fever, headache and dizziness

Thrush

Childhood disease characterized by spots on mouth, lips and throat

Trench mouth

Apathos ulcers or a virus disease

Typhus

Infectious fever characterized high fever, headache, and dizziness

Winter fever

Pneumonia

 

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