Do you know these old-fashioned medical terms?
Consumption: This is now called tuberculosis.
Ague: Ague is now known as malaria.
Apoplexy: This is an old term that meant paralysis due to stroke.
Bad Blood: This is what they used to call syphilis.
Black Plague: The Bubonic Plague used to be called the Black Plague.
Blood poisoning: In the old days, a bacterial infection of the skin was called blood poisoning, now it is called cellulitis. Cellulitis can have a red streak extending from the infected area up the vein, which is why it used to be called blood poisoning.
Boil: Abscesses used to be called “boils”.
Catalepsy: When patients have seizures they are now diagnosed with epilepsy, but the condition used to be called “cataplexy.”
Dropsy: Swelling of the ankles is now called “edema”, but used to be called dropsy.
Dysentery: Dysentery is the old fashioned word for diarrhea.
Grippe: The “flu” or influenza used to be called grippe.
Infantile Paralysis: This is the old-fashioned word for polio.
Lumbago: Lumbago is an old-fashioned term for back pain.
Lying in, Confinement: These are references to childbirth.
Milk Leg: This refers to leg swelling from a clot in the vein after childbirth.
Podagra: Podagra is the old-fashioned term for gout.
Quincy: Strep tonsillitis, or strep throat, used to be called “Quincy”.