Bronze JohnDock feverRose coldStranger's fever
Yes, those other ones are real! While it sounds kind of fancy, rose cold was just another way of describing hay fever and allergies in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Civil War death certificates cite this gross-sounding illness as a cause of death, but it has a much more scientific-sounding name today.
White swelling was documented in 1894 as the swelling of joints with fluid from tuberculosis arthritis.
Scrivener's palsyWasp's tongueSt. Vitus's danceBright's disease
Until the 20th century, many people were cited as dying from the adorable-sounding dropsy. Nowadays, it's called edema, and it's a sign of heart failure.
King's evilWinter feverCanine madnessChilblain
In the middle ages, people in France and England thought that that form of tuberculosis could only be healed by a touch from the king!
Jail feverShip feverCamp feverPuking fever
Even though it wasn't a name for typhoid fever, puking fever is very real, and it was a 19th century name for milk sickness, a disease that is pretty uncommon today.
Softening of brainPuerperal feverSloesSanquincous crust
Puerperal fever, or post-labor fever, was a big problem for new moms in the 18th and 19th century. (BTW, softening of brain was a stroke, sloes was milk sickness, and sanquincous crust was a scab.)
A tongue disorderAn eye tumorA hair-loss virusA skin infection
A skin infection
Ah yes, eel thing, another name for what we now call erysipelas, a skin infection that causes pain and redness. It's also sometimes called St. Anthony's Fire.
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