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BOOK - Dictionary of Medical & Related Terms for the Family Historian
By Joan E Grundy
Published by Federation of Family History Societies, London, 2006

Joan Grundy's dictionary is designed to help fellow family historians to understand medical terms that appear in parish registers, on death certificates, and other 18th and 19th century sources. She has forty years' experience as a midwife and practice nurse. During thirty of these years, she has researched her own family history and has been involved with several family history societies.

The observations of early medical men were particularly thorough as they tried to determine the cause of diseases. They listed every symptom the patients described and compared them with their colleagues' cases. However, despite being very good at recognising symptoms they had litlle understanding of the causes and had relatively few effective treatments to offer.

For many of the diseases described in this dictionary, Joan has given an outline of the symptoms and sometimes gory ailments of our ancestors. Flesh is put on the bones of our forebears and provides an insight into their lives, social conditions and deaths.

The medical terms defined here are appropriate for most places in the English speaking world, and especially useful for events recorded in countries which were influenced by British medical practise including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

90 Pages
5.75 X 8.25"
Softcover - Perfectbound
Published by Federation of Family History Societies, London, 2006 ISBN 0-9553450-0-6 (Softcover)

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