Hall Genealogy Illnesses encountered in Genealogy
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Updated Wed, 19-Sep-2012

Ablepsy Blindness
Malarial Fever
American plague
Yellow fever
Generalized massive edema
Loss of the voice resulting from disease, injury to the vocal cords, or various psychological causes, such as hysteria
A minute painful ulcer on a mucous membrane of the mouth, often covered by a gray or white exudate
Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke
A condition in which an extreme decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the body accompanied by an increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide leads to loss of consciousness or death. Asphyxia can be induced by choking, drowning, electric shock, injury, or the inhalation of toxic gases
Atrophy A wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part owing to disease, injury, or lack of use
Bad Blood
Berylliosis A lung disease cused by inhaling particles of beryllium, used in watch springs. This was common amongst clock/watchmakers
Bilious fever
Typhoid, malaria, hepatitis or elevated temperature and bile emesis
Relating to, characterised by, or experiencing gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gallbladder
Black Plague
Bubonic plague
Black fever
Acute infection with high temperature and dark red skin lesions and high mortality rate
Black vomit
Vomiting black blood due to stomach ulcers
Blackwater fever
A serious, often fatal complication of chronic malaria, characterised by the passage of bloody, dark red or black urine
Bladder in throat Diphtheria
Blood poisoning
Bacterial infection; septicaemia
Bloody flux
Bloody stools
Bloody sweat
Sweating sickness
Bone shave
Brain fever
Dengue fever - an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterised by rash and aching head and joints
Bright’s disease
Any of several diseases of the kidney marked by the presence of albumin in the urine - often shows in broadened fingernails.
Bronze John
Yellow fever
Boils, tumours or swelling
General physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease
Upset stomach
Irregular pulse
Camp fever
Typhus, "Camp diarrhoea"
Canine madness
Rabies, Hydrophobia
Ulceration of mouth or lips - Herpes Simplex
A condition characterised by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed. It is known to occur in a variety of physical and psychological disorders, such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, and can be induced by hypnosis
Inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat
Non-localised inflammation of the cerebrum
An inflammation followed by itchy irritation on the hands, feet, or ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold
Child bed fever Infection following childbirth
Chin cough
Whooping cough - Pertussis
An iron-deficiency anemia, primarily of young women, characterised by a greenish-yellow discolouration of the skin. Also called greensickness
An acute infectious disease of the small intestine, caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae and characterised by profuse watery diarrhoea, vomiting, muscle cramps, severe dehydration, and depletion of electrolytes. Also called Asiatic cholera
Cholera morbus
Acute gastroenteritis occurring in summer and autumn and marked by severe cramps, diarrhoea, and vomiting
Inflammation of the gall bladder
Gall stones
Chorea Disease
Convulsions, contortions and dancing
Cobbler's Illness Pthisis, or TB. Caused by the Mycobacterium bovis bacteria, an infection caught from cattle or tanning or working with leather
Cold plague Ague; characterised by chills
Abdominal cramping
Congestive chills / Congestive fever
Any collection of fluid in an organ, such as the lungs
A cold
Cramp colic
Crop sickness
Overextended stomach
Croup A pathological condition of the larynx, especially in infants and children, that is characterised by respiratory difficulty and a hoarse, brassy cough
Dark skin color due to lack of oxygen in the blood
Severe sore throat
Inflammation of the bladder
Day fever / Diary fever
Fever lasting one day; sweating sickness
The state of being weak or feeble; infirmity.
The quality or condition of being weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use
Delirium tremens
An acute, sometimes fatal delirium usually caused by withdrawal or abstinence from alcohol following habitual excessive drinking. It also may occur during an episode of heavy alcohol consumption
Dengue Fever
An infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterised by rash and aching head and joints
The process of growing new teeth; teething
Deplumation The falling out or loss of the eyelashes
An upper respiratory tract illness characterised by sore throat, low-grade fever, and an adherent membrane of the tonsils(s), pharynx, and/or nose
Dock fever
Yellow fever
Oedema (swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease
Dropsy of the Brain
Dry Bellyache
Lead poisoning
An abnormal bodily condition, especially of the blood
Dysentery An inflammatory disorder of the lower intestinal tract, usually caused by a bacterial, parasitic, or protozoan infection and resulting in pain, fever, and severe diarrhoea, often accompanied by the passage of blood and mucus
Dysorexy / Dysorexia
A diminished, disordered, or unnatural appetite
Disturbed digestion; indigestion. Heart attack symptoms are often blamed on Dyspepsia
Difficult or painful discharge of urine
Eclampsy / Eclampsia
Coma and convulsions during or immediately after pregnancy, characterised by oedema, hypertension, and proteinuria.
Ecstasy A form of Catalepsy - a condition characterised by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed.
Eel thing
Erysipelas - An acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a species of streptococcus
Chronic, often extreme enlargement and hardening of cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue, especially of the legs and external genitals
Swelling of the brain; also called Sleeping Sickness
Enteric fever
Typhoid fever
Inflammation of both the small intestine and the colon
Inflammation of the intestinal tract, especially of the small intestine
Epilepsy Any of various neurological disorders characterised by sudden recurring attacks of motor, sensory, or psychic malfunction with or without loss of consciousness or convulsive seizures
Nose bleed
Contagious acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a species of hemolytic streptococcus and marked by localised inflammation and fever. Also called Saint Anthony's fire
To force the flow of (blood or lymph) from a vessel out into surrounding tissue
Falling sickness
Fatty Liver
Cirrhosis of the liver
Fistula An abnormal passage from an internal organ to the body surface
or between two internal organs
Sudden attack or seizure of muscle activity
An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhoea
French pox / Great pox
A collection of pus
Glandular fever
Mononucleosis - a common, acute, infectious disease, usually affecting young people, caused by Epstein-Barr virus and characterised by fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, and lymphocyte abnormalities
Green fever/sickness
Anaemia - a pathological deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, measured in unit volume concentrations of hemoglobin, red blood cell volume, or red blood cell number
Grocer’s itch
Skin disease caused by mites in sugar or flour
Vomiting of blood
Blood or blood cells in urine
Heart sickness
Condition caused by lack of salt
Heat stroke A severe condition caused by impairment of the body's temperature-regulating abilities, resulting from prolonged exposure to excessive heat and characterised by cessation of sweating, severe headache, high fever, hot dry skin, and in serious cases collapse and coma and death
Hectical complaint
Recurrent fever
Paralysis of one side of body
Hip gout
Osteomyelitis - a usually bacterial infection of bone and bone marrow in which the resulting inflammation can lead to a reduction of blood supply to the bone
Delirium tremens
A usually congenital condition in which an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of the brain, destroying much of the neural tissue - "water on the brain"
The non-inflammatory accumulation of watery fluid in the pericardial cavity.
Accumulation of serous fluid in one or both pleural cavities
Hypertrophic A non-tumorous enlargement of an organ or a tissue as a result of an increase in the size rather than the number of constituent cells
A contagious bacterial skin infection, usually of children, that is characterised by the eruption of superficial pustules and the formation of thick yellow crusts, commonly on the face
Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality
Infantile paralysis
Intestinal colic
Pain due to distention of the intestines by gas
Jail / Prison / Ship Fever
Yellowish discoloration of the whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes caused by deposition of bile salts in these tissues. It occurs as a symptom of various diseases, such as hepatitis, that affect the processing of bile. Also called icterus
King’s evil Tuberculosis of neck and lymph glands
Whooping cough
An early sign of tetanus, in which the jaw is locked closed because of a tonic spasm of the muscles of mastication
Long sickness
Lues disease
Lues venera
Venereal disease
A painful condition of the lower back, as one resulting from muscle strain or a slipped disk
Lung fever
Lung sickness
Lying in Duration of childbirth
Malignant sore throat
A progressive wasting of the body, occurring chiefly in young children and associated with insufficient intake or malabsorption of food
Membranous Croup
Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, most often caused by a bacterial or viral infection and characterised by fever, vomiting, intense headache, and stiff neck
Inflammation of the lining of the uterus (of the endometrium)
A poisonous atmosphere, formerly thought to rise from swamps and putrid matter and cause disease
Milk fever
A mild fever, usually occurring at the beginning of lactation, associated with infection following childbirth
Milk leg A painful swelling of the leg occurring in women after childbirth as a result of clotting and inflammation of the femoral veins
Milk sickness
An acute, now rare disease characterised by trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain that affects individuals who eat dairy products or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot
Morbus Cordis Bronchitis
Scurvy blisters
Gangrene of necrotic tissue
Mule Spinner's Scrotum A form of squamous cell carcinoma affecting mule spinners in the cotton-spinning industry, due to continued soaking of the clothes and abdomen by arsenic, tar, and carcinogenic oils. In Lancashire, the lubricating oils were derived from Scottish oil shales, which processed shale oils have since been recognised as carcinogenic
Inflammation of the spinal column
Inflammation of the myocardium (heart muscle)
Death of cells or tissues through injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body
A disease of the kidneys marked by degenerative lesions, especially of the winding uriniferous tubules
Any of various acute or chronic inflammations of the kidneys, such as Bright's disease
Nervous prostration
an emotional disorder that leaves you exhausted and unable to work
Sharp, severe paroxysmal pain extending along a nerve or group of nerves
Nostalgia Homesickness
Oedema An excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue spaces or a body cavity
Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors
A spasm or fit; a convulsion
Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterised by groups of itching blisters
Inflammation of the pericardium ( The membranous sac filled with serous fluid that encloses the heart and the roots of the aorta and other large blood vessels )
An acute or chronic disease marked by inflammation of the lungs and caused by viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms and sometimes by physical and chemical irritants
Inflammation of the peritoneum
Petechial Fever
A malignant fever, accompanied by livid spots on the skin
Infestation with lice, especially crab lice
Tuberculosis - a disease characterised by the wasting away or atrophy of the body or a part of the body
Plague A widespread affliction or calamity, especially one seen as divine retribution e
Inflammation of the pleura, usually occurring as a complication of a disease such as pneumonia, accompanied by accumulation of fluid in the pleural cavity, chills, fever, and extremely painful breathing and coughing
PolioPotter’s asthma
Fibroid phthisis - the term was formerly applied to many wasting diseases, but is now usually restricted to pulmonary phthisis, or consumption
Pott’s disease
Partial destruction of the vertebral bones, usually caused by a tuberculous infection and often producing curvature of the spine
Puerperal exhaustion
Death due to child birth
Puerperal fever
An illness resulting from infection of the endometrium following childbirth or abortion, marked by fever and septicaemia and usually caused by unsterile technique. Also called childbed fever
Puking fever
Milk sickness
Putrid fever
Quinsy Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess
Remitting fever
Any disorder associated
with pain in joints
A deficiency disease resulting from a lack of vitamin D or calcium and from insufficient exposure to sunlight, characterised by defective bone growth and occurring chiefly in children. Also called Rachitis
Rose cold
A spring or early summer hay fever. Also called Rose Fever
German measles
Sanguineous crust
A scab
Scarlatina / Scarlet fever
Scarlet fever - an acute contagious disease caused by a hemolytic streptococcus, occurring predominantly among children and characterised by a scarlet skin eruption and high fever
Scarlet rash
Roseola - a rose-colored skin rash, sometimes occurring with diseases such as measles, syphilis, or scarlet fever
Pain along the sciatic nerve usually caused by a herniated disk of the lumbar region of the spine and radiating to the buttocks and to the back of the thigh
A hard, dense cancerous growth usually arising from connective tissue
Scotomy Obscuration of the field of vision due to the appearance of a dark spot before the eye
Scrivener’s palsy
Writer’s cramp
Scrofula / Struma
A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called Struma
Skin disease, impetigo
A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C, characterised by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weakness
Blood poisoning - invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms from a focus of infection that is accompanied by chills, fever, and prostration and often by the formation of secondary abscesses in various organs
Delirium tremens
Chills, ague
Shingles An acute viral infection characterised by inflammation of the sensory ganglia of certain spinal or cranial nerves and the eruption of vesicles along the affected nerve path. It usually strikes only one side of the body and is often accompanied by severe neuralgia. Also called Herpes Zoster .
Ship / Jail / Prison fever
Shoemaker's Illness Pthisis, or TB. Caused by the Mycobacterium bovis bacteria, an infection caught from cattle or tanning or working with leather
Schistorrhachis A congenital defect in which the spinal column is imperfectly closed so that part of the meninges or spinal cord protrudes, often resulting in hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders. Also called Spina Bifida
Also called insolation - heat stroke caused by exposure to the sun and characterised by a rise in temperature, convulsions, and coma
Milk sickness
An acute, highly infectious, often fatal, disease caused by a poxvirus and characterised by high fever and aches with subsequent widespread eruption of pimples that blister, produce pus, and form pockmarks. Also called variola
Softening of the brain
A localised softening of the brain substance, due to hemorrhage or inflammation. Three varieties, distinguished by their colour and representing different stages of the morbid process, are known respectively as red, yellow, and white, softening
Sore throat distemper
Diphtheria or Quinsy
Spanish influenza
Influenza that caused several waves of pandemic in 1918-1919, resulting in over 20 million deaths worldwide
Sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles
Spina bifida A congenital defect in which the spinal column is imperfectly closed so that part of the meninges or spinal cord protrudes, often resulting in hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders. Also called schistorrhachis
Spotted fever
Any of various often fatal infectious diseases, such as typhus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, characterised by skin eruptions and caused by rickettsia that are transmitted by ticks and mites
A chronic, chiefly tropical disease characterised by diarrhoea, emaciation, and anaemia, caused by defective absorption of nutrients from the intestinal tract
St. Anthony’s fire
Erysipelas, Contagious acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a species of hemolytic streptococcus and marked by localised inflammation and fever. -- an eruptive fever which St. Anthony was supposed to cure miraculously
St. Vitas dance
Ceaseless occurrence of rapid complex jerking movements performed involuntary. Chorea occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever
Inflammation of the mucous tissue of the mouth
Stranger’s fever
Yellow fever
Strangury A condition marked by slow, painful urination, caused by muscular spasms of the urethra and bladder
Sudor Anglicus
Sweating sickness
Summer complaint
Diarrhoea, usually in infants caused by spoiled milk
Heat stroke caused by exposure to the sun and characterised by a rise in temperature, convulsions, and coma. Also called insolation , siriasis
Swamp sickness
Malaria, typhoid or encephalitis
Sweating sickness
Infectious and fatal disease common in the UK in the 15th century
Tetanus An acute, often fatal disease characterised by spasmodic contraction of voluntary muscles, especially those of the neck and jaw, and caused by the toxin of the bacillus Clostridium tetani, which typically infects the body through a deep wound. Also called lockjaw
The formation or presence of a blood clot within a blood vessel during life
A contagious disease caused by a fungus, Candida albicans, that occurs most often in infants and children, characterised by small whitish eruptions on the mouth, throat, and tongue, and usually accompanied by fever, colic, and diarrhoea
Tick fever
Any of various febrile diseases transmitted by ticks, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Texas fever
A condition in which the blood contains toxins produced by body cells at a local source of infection or derived from the growth of microorganisms. Also called blood poisoning
Trench mouth
A painful infection of the mouth and throat characterised by ulcerations of the mucous membranes, bleeding, and foul breath. It is caused by the bacterium Fusobacterium fusiforme in combination with the spirochete Treponema vincentii. Also called Vincent's angina , Vincent's infection .
Tussis convulsiva
Whooping cough
Any of several forms of infectious disease caused by rickettsia, especially those transmitted by fleas, lice, or mites, and characterised generally by severe headache, sustained high fever, depression, delirium, and the eruption of red rashes on the skin. Also called prison fever , ship fever , typhus fever
Venesection Surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis - an hereditary disorder affecting iron metabolism in which excessive amounts of iron accumulate in the body tissues. The disorder is characterised by diabetes mellitus, liver dysfunction, and a bronze pigmentation of the skin.
Viper’s dance
See St. Vitus Dance
Water on the brain
See Encephalitis
Wet Lung Severe pulmony congestion characterised by diffuse injury to the membranes of the lungs.
White swelling
Tuberculosis of the bone
Winter fever
Womb fever
Infection of the uterus
Worm fit
Convulsions associated with teething, worms, elevated temperature or diarrhoea
Yellowjacket Yellow fever

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