Medical Miscellany

hbj0375What did your ancestors die of? What exactly is that condition mentioned on my ancestor’s records? These are the questions Dr. Jeanette L. Jerger asked herself while researching her great-grandfather’s pension record. Dr. Jerger discovered her Civil War great-grandfather was “salivated” during the war. A 30 year experience nurse and she had no idea what this meant. She discovered that people did in fact suffer “salivation,” or an excessive discharge of saliva. Turns out, most suffered this problem as a result of mercurial treatments, used at a time before doctor’s new the risk of mercury poisoning. Learning from this lesson, Dr. Jeger was inspired to write A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists.

A Medical Miscellany is a reference guide to diseases, conditions, and homeopathic cures common to our ancestors. Taking a dictionary style formatting, the terms are listed in alphabetical order and cross-referenced where appropriate. Some of the terms related to myth and magic as people believed in such. Healing terms for antiquated remedies also make up part of the list. Here are some sample entries:

Great White Scourge (The)

also tuberculosis

Greegree

also mojo

Houngan

Also boco, boco. A voodoo cult pries that read the future regarding health and food supplies through shells, small sticks, or ashes.

Lumbago

Also backache. A rheumatic condition of the lower back characterized by pain and rigidity.

This book is fun to read. More importantly, this book is filled with the definitions for words researchers are likely to encounter when reading journals, accessing family stories, and reviewing death certificates and other documents from the past.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Guide for Use

A Medical Miscellany A-Z

References

 

Get a copy of this enjoyable reference guide. Order A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBJ0375, Price: $21.56.

Medical Miscellany

What did your ancestors die of? What exactly is that condition mentioned in my ancestor’s records? This is just the question Dr. Jeanette L. Jerger asked herself while researching her great-grandfather’s pension record. Dr. Jerger discovered her Civil War great-grandfather was “salivated” during the war. A 30 year experience nurse and she had no idea what this meant. She discovered that people did in fact suffer “salivation,” or an excessive discharge of saliva. Turns out, most suffered this problem as a result of mercurial treatments, used at a time before doctor’s new the risk of mercury poisoning. Learning from this lesson, Dr. Jeger was inspired to write A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists.

A Medical Miscellany is a reference guide to diseases, conditions, and homeopathic cures common to our ancestors. Taking a dictionary style formatting, the terms are listed in alphabetical order and cross-referenced where appropriate. Some of the terms related to myth and magic as people believed in such. Healing terms for antiquated remedies also make up part of the list. Here are some sample entries:

Great White Scourge (The)

also tuberculosis

Greegree

also mojo

Houngan

Also boco, boco. A voodoo cult pries that read the future regarding health and food supplies through shells, small sticks, or ashes.

Lumbago

Also backache. A rheumatic condition of the lower back characterized by pain and rigidity.

This book is fun to read. More importantly, this book is filled with the definitions for words researchers are likely to encounter when reading journals, accessing family stories, and reviewing death certificates and documents of the past.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Guide for Use

A Medical Miscellany A-Z

References

 

Get a copy of this enjoyable reference guide. Order A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBJ0375, Price: $21.56.

Medical Miscellany

What did your ancestors die of? What exactly is that condition mentioned in my ancestor’s records? This is just the question Dr. Jeanette L. Jerger asked herself while researching her great-grandfather’s pension record. Dr. Jerger discovered her Civil War great-grandfather was “salivated” during the war. A 30 year experience nurse and she had no idea what this meant. She discovered that people did in fact suffer “salivation,” or an excessive discharge of saliva. Turns out, most suffered this problem as a result of mercurial treatments, used at a time before doctor’s new the risk of mercury poisoning. Learning from this lesson, Dr. Jeger was inspired to write A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists.

A Medical Miscellany is a reference guide to diseases, conditions, and homeopathic cures common to our ancestors. Taking a dictionary style formatting, the terms are listed in alphabetical order and cross-referenced where appropriate. Some of the terms related to myth and magic as people believed in such. Healing terms for antiquated remedies also make up part of the list. Here are some sample entries:

Great White Scourge (The)

also tuberculosis

Greegree

also mojo

Houngan

Also boco, boco. A voodoo cult pries that read the future regarding health and food supplies through shells, small sticks, or ashes.

Lumbago

Also backache. A rheumatic condition of the lower back characterized by pain and rigidity.

This book is fun to read. More importantly, this book is filled with the definitions for words researchers are likely to encounter when reading journals, accessing family stories, and reviewing death certificates and documents of the past.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Guide for Use

A Medical Miscellany A-Z

References

 

Get a copy of this enjoyable reference guide. Order A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBJ0375, Price: $21.56.

What Does Your Family’s Medical History Look Like

Genetics can be a key indicator in determining one’s health risks and potential treatment of a problem. With all the buzz around tracing one’s ancestory through DNA testing, how often do we stop and think about our family’s medical history. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune addresses this important aspect of each of our family’s history. As genealogists, adding a medical history to the family history already collected and treasured should be a natural progression and inclusion. Take a look at the following article:

Resolve to chart family’s medical history

Improved records could help you, others in your family

Leslie Michelson, Special to the Tribune

As we all know, the typical New Year’s resolution can be summed up like this: “Feel like a failure by February.” Are you well on your way to keeping that one?

If so, how about a second chance? How about a “new” New Year’s resolution you can actually keep and feel good about the rest of your life — because you’ll live longer if you keep it?

Here it is: Resolve to chart your family medical history — for your good and theirs.

This simply requires illuminating your own records with a medical history of your family tree, then securely archiving the results. You can set this resolution into motion through a few hours’ effort, and the results will be permanent and priceless.

Here’s how, starting with the step that’s most fun.

Click here to read the full article.