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Causes of Death in Days of Old

Disease Name
Symptoms / Description
ApoplexyParalysis due to stroke
Brain FeverMeningitis
Bright's DiseaseChronic inflammatory disease of kidneys
Child bed feverInfection following birth of a child
CholeraAcute severe contagious diarrhea with intestinal lining sloughing
Cholera morbusCharacterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevated temperature, etc. Could be appendicitis
Congestive chills/ feverMalaria
Consumption Tuberculosi
DecrepitudeFeebleness due to old age
DropsyEdema (swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease
Dropsy of the BrainEncephalitis
DysenteryInflammation of colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood
EncephalitisSwelling of brain; aka sleeping sickness
Falling sicknessEpilepsy
FluxAn excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea
Grippe/gripInfluenza like symptoms
JaundiceCondition caused by blockage of intestines
LagrippeInfluenza
LockjawTetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw. Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days
Lung feverPneumonia
Lung sicknessTuberculosis
MeningitisInflation of brain or spinal cord
NephrosisKidney degeneration
NepritisInflammation of kidneys
Quinsy Abscess behind tonsils
Small poxContagious disease with fever and blisters
Summer complaintDiarrhea, usually in infants caused by spoiled milk
TuberculosisBacterial 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.
TetanusInfectious fever characterized by high fever, headache and dizziness
ThrushChildhood disease characterized by spots on mouth, lips and throat
Trench mouthApathos ulcers or a virus disease
TyphusInfectious fever characterized high fever, headache, and dizziness
Winter feverPneumonia

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