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DISEASES and MEDICAL TERMS
for GENEALOGISTS (U-Z)

Compiled and revised by Ian Beach.
Bunbury, Western Australia

All suggestions or additions gratefully received.

eMail: Ian Beach

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Undulant Fever

See Brucellosis

Vaginal Catarrh

Vaginal discharge

Valetudinary

Tendency to be in poor health or to be overly concerned about one's health

Varicella

Chickenpox

Variola

Smallpox

Venesection

Bleeding (used as a treatment)

Viper's Dance

St. Vitus dance, Chorea

Virus

An ultramicroscopic, metabolically inert infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants, and animals. In the early 1800s virus meant poison, venom, or contagion.

Volvulus

Rotation of a section of intestine such as may result from the coiling of one loop of intestine with another. Circulation of the parts is seriously interfered with causing strangulation.

War Nephritis

Acute Nephritis

Water Canker

Cancrum Oris

Water Gripes

Cholera Infantum

Water on the Brain

Hydrocephalus

Weaning Brash

Cholera Infantum

White Leg

Thrombosis of veins in the thigh. Usually seen after childbirth

White Swelling

Tuberculosis of the bone

Whitlow

Infection beginning at the edge of a nail and spreading in a line up the limb; a paronychia

Wiel's Disease

See Black Jaundice

Winter Fever

pneumonia

Womb Fever

Infection of the uterus

Woody Tongue

Name given to actinomycosis in cattle and pigs

Wool-Sorter's Disease

Anthrax

Worm Fit

Convulsions associated with teething, worms, elevated temperature or diarrhoea

Yellow fever

An acute, often-fatal, infectious febrile disease of warm climates caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, especially Aledes aegypti, and characterised by liver damage and jaundice, fever, and protein in the urine. In 1900 Walter Reed and others in Panama found that mosquitoes transmit the disease. Clinicians in. the late nineteenth century recognised "specific yellow fever" as being different from "malarious yellow fever." The latter supposedly was a form of malaria with liver involvement but without urine involvement.

Yellow Jacket

See Yellow fever

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