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Illnesses and causes of death in Sweden

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Augmented version of Category: Dödsorsaker.

Main purpose of the page is to provide English translations. For Swedish readers seeking explanations of the old terms, there are already many excellent aids, some of them listed below, under Resources.

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Swedish words used in death records

Causes of death recorded by the olden day vicars were classified by symptoms and thus often grouped illnesses with different underlying causes together. The following list is a mixture of these old words for causes of death and more modern diagnoses appearing in later records. It is also a mix of Swedish and Latin.

The list

Links in Swedish words in the list go back to categories in Category: Dödsorsaker. Italics indicate a link to a synonymous category. A link in the English word indicates that there is a corresponding category in English. For most entries there is also a corresponding page in Wikipedia.

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  • Obstruction (förstoppning) = Constipation in Wikipedia

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Background

There is a category for Dödsorsaker, which was the origin of this list. Since the purpose of that category was mostly to serve as a dictionary, there are very few profiles in most of the subcategories. There is probably no good reason to continue adding subcategories.

The list above is being augmented with more of the older words.

Resources

Due to the nature of the topic, resources explaining the old, obsolete, names for illnesses and causes of death in Swedish records are more or less exclusively in Swedish:

Böcker: (det finns fler att lägga till):

  • Nils Uddenberg Lidande och läkedom ISBN 9789186061579
  • Bergmark, Matts, Från pest till polio: hur farsoterna ingripit i människornas öden, 2., aktualiserade och utökade uppl., Natur och kultur, Stockholm, 1965
  • Lagerkranz, Gunnar, Svenska sjukdomsnamn i gångna tider, Södermanlands släktforskarefören., Eskilstuna, 1981

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Could you please remove the Category:Old Age? It's been deleted. Thanks! Natalie
posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott