How Our Ancestors Died

How Our Ancestors Died

A Guide for Family Historians

Book - 2013
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Casemate Publishing
What were the principal causes of death in the past? Could your ancestor have been affected? How was disease investigated and treated and what did our ancestors think about the illnesses and the accidents that might befall them? Simon Wills fascinating survey of the diseases that had an impact on their lives seeks to answer these questions. His graphic, detailed account offers an unusual and informative view of the threats that our ancestors lived with and died of. He describes the common causes of death - cancer, cholera, dysentery, influenza, malaria, scurvy, smallpox, stroke, tuberculosis, typhus, yellow fever, venereal disease and the afflictions of old age. Alcoholism is included, as are childbirth and childhood infections, heart disease, mental illness and dementia. Accidents feature prominently – road and rail accidents, accidents at work – and death through addiction and abuse is covered as well as death through violence and war.Simon Wills’ work gives a vivid picture of the hazards our ancestors faced and their understanding of them. It also reveals how life and death have changed over the centuries, how medical science has advanced so that some once-mortal illnesses are now curable while others are just as deadly now as they were then. In addition to describing causes of death and setting them in the context of the times, his book shows readers how to find and interpret patient records, death certificates and other documents in order to gain an accurate impression of how their ancestors died.

* Fascinating explanations of causes of death in the past * Covers prevalent diseases and accidents * Describes how to investigate your ancestor's cause of death * Insight into the way our ancestors died and the treatments available to them * Guide to interpreting death certificates and other records

Publisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Family History, 2013
ISBN: 9781781590386
Branch Call Number: 614.4 W685h
Characteristics: viii, 214 p. : ill., ; 23 cm


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