06 February 2012

History of Medicine


The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a website devoted to the history of medicine!  You might be wondering “why” a genealogy blog would post about something like this?

If you are like me, the further you go back in your research into your ancestors, the more likely you are to find that someone died of some disease or condition that you have never heard of before!  In fact, that can be true on modern death certificates as well.  Unless you’ve had medical training and/or personal experience with the disease or condition, why would you know about it ?!?!?

And, it includes material from around the world!

What is the strangest or most unusual “cause of death” you have come across?



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