Friday, January 3, 2014

Medical Glossaries

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Genealogy tip for today: Medical Glossaries


To follow the thread of conversation we’ve been having, here is a listing of glossaries that I have found. It is by no means comprehensive. You may find others. But these are medical and/or cause of deaths listings that should help you in your research. 100 years ago terms were used on records that we no longer use today. These glossaries can help you interpret or define the terms that were used, so you can understand their meaning now.


Antique causes of death, terms:

Glossary: external causes of death:
WHO = World Health Organization

Glossary: avoidable causes of death:

Genealogy-Quest’s list of archaic medical terms for cause of death:

Glossary of medical terms used in the 18th and 19th centuries (From History of Medicine):

Glossary of Ancient Diseases, from the Olive Tree Genealogy:

Oracle Think Quest: Death Glossary:




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Martin Luther, above, is excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
General George Washington defeats the British led by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis, at Princeton, New Jersey.
Delaware rejects a proposal that it join the South in seceding from the Union.
The Bulgarian government renounces the Treaty of Commerce tying it to the Austro-Hungarian empire.
The Social Democratic Congress in Germany demands universal suffrage.
Plans are announced for a new $150,000 Brooklyn stadium for the Trolley Dodgers baseball team.
Three armored Japanese cruisers are ordered to guard the Suez Canal.
The last of the U.S. troops depart France.
Italy halts the issuing of passports to those emigrating to the United States.
King Tutankhamen's sarcophagus is uncovered near Luxor, Egypt.
The second conference on Germany's war reparations begins at the Hague, in the Netherlands.
Hundreds of farmers storm a small town in depression-plagued Arkansas demanding food.
The Japanese take Shuangyashan, China, killing 500 Chinese.
President Harry S. Truman calls on Americans to spur Congress to act on the on-going labor crisis.
The British create the West Indies Federation with Lord Hailes as governor general.
Alaska is admitted into the Union as the 49th and largest state.
Fidel Castro takes command of the Cuban army.
The United States breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Cambodia warns the United Nations of retaliation unless the United States and South Vietnam end intrusions.
Apple Computers incorporates.
North Vietnamese troops reportedly occupy 400 square miles in Cambodia. North Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops were using Laos and Cambodia as staging areas for attacks against allied forces.
President Ronald Reagan condemns a rash of arson attacks on abortion clinics.
Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, surrenders to US forces.
George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
More than 7 million people receive South African citizenship that had previously been denied under Apartheid policies.
The first mobile flip phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale.
Mars Polar Lander launched.
The last original weekday Peanuts comic strip is published after a 50-year run, following the death of the strip's creator, Charles Schultz.

106 BC
Marcus Cicero, above, Roman statesman and author.
William Tucker, believed to be first African-American born in the New World.
Lucretia Coffin Mott, women's rights advocate and founder of the first Women's Rights Convention.
Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnamese president assassinated by his own generals.
Ray Milland, Welsh actor and director; won Academy Award for his role in The Lost Weekend.
Victor Borge, pianist, comedian, conductor.
John Sturges, director (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape).
Vernon A. Walters, US Army lieutenant general, diplomat, deputy director of Central Intelligence; member of Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
Bud Adams, owner of Houston Oilers (later Tennessee Titans) football team; instrumental in founding the former American Football League.
Sergio Leone, Italian director, instrumental in creating the "Spaghetti Western" genre (A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).
Mel Gibson, actor, director, producer, screenwriter (Mad Max, Passion of the Christ).







noun: 1. A large mass, especially of ordinary people or things. 2. A crease or wrinkle.
verb tr., intr.: To make a crease or to become creased.



From Old Norse hrukka (wrinkle, fold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sker- (to turn or bend), which is also the source of ranch, rank, shrink, circle, circa, crisp, corolla, search, ring, curb, ridge, curve, corolla, and coronary. Earliest documented use: 1225.



"Any genuine pilgrim would have to fight his way past a ruck of tourists to get close to such an object."
Keith Miller; St Peter's; Profile Books; 2010.

"She ran across the room and tripped on the rucked carpet under the bed."
Liz Ryan; Sometimes a Rogue; Hodder & Stoughton; 1997.

Sin is geographical. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

Today’s Recipe
Soups for Cold Winter Days
Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup
Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 1 cupYield: 6 side-dish servings
Prep 30 mins Cook 25 mins
  • 3  cups  peeled, diced butternut squash (about 1 small squash)
  • 2  cups  thinly sliced carrots (4 medium)
  • 3/4  cup  thinly sliced leek or chopped onion
  • 1  tablespoon  butter or margarine
  • 2 14 1/2 ounce cans  reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground white pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/4  cup  half-and-half or light cream
  •  Creme fraiche or dairy sour cream (optional)
  •  Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) (optional)
  •  Fresh tarragon sprigs (optional)
1. In a large covered saucepan cook squash, carrots, and leek in hot butter over medium heat about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 to 35 minutes or until vegetables are very tender. Cool slightly.
2. Place one-third of the squash mixture in a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until almost smooth. Repeat with remaining squash mixture. Return all of the mixture to saucepan. Add white pepper and nutmeg; bring just to boiling. Add half-and-half; heat through. If desired, garnish each serving with creme fraiche, pumpkin seeds, and/or fresh tarragon.
Nutrition Facts (Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 82,
  • Fat, total (g) 3,
  • chol. (mg) 9,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 12,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 5199,
  • vit. C (mg) 8,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 2,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (µg) 20,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 364,
  • Potassium (mg) 344,
  • calcium (mg) 50,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Vegetables () 1,
  • Starch () 1,
  • Fat () 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


Now You Know!