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Outdated Medical Terminology


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The following is a list of outdated medical terminology, which may be of help to you in your genealogical research.

Outdated TermCurrent Term
apoplexystroke
bad bloodsyphilis
blood poisoningsepticemia
Bright's diseaseglomerulonephritis
consumptionpulmonary tuberculosis
cretinismcongenital hypothyroidism
dropsycongestive heart failure
fatty livercirrhosis
glandular fevermononucleosis
grippeinfluenza
jail fevertyphus
lock jawtetanus
lung feverpneumonia
lung sicknesstuberculosis
plague or black deathBubonic plague
podagragout
Pott's diseasetuberculosis of the spinal vertebrae
Quinsystreptococcal tonsillitis
scrofulatuberculosis of the neck lymph nodes
toxemia of pregnancyeclampsia (high blood pressure & seizures)


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