Determining the underlying cause is pure speculation, but suffice it to say that the person had some sort of neurologic disorder. Causes could range from trauma to infectious or inflammatory disease, and everything in between.
A useful source to identify causes of death on old death certificates is Antiquus Morbus. For paralysis, it states:
While the exact diagnosis is almost certainly impossible without data from elsewhere that probably doesn't exist, we should at least attempt to see how the words were used at that time.
Anyone familiar with UK censuses, will know that a number of them have in the final column, a question similar to "If (1) Deaf-and-Dumb, (2) Blind (3) Lunatic, Imbecile or ...
You are correct. Most genealogy programs are not designed specifically for medical data.
However there are at least a few programs that you can try that specifically say they are designed for health information:
AncestryHealth - A free online tool that to preserve and share your family’s health information. It uses your family tree to show your health ...
I agree that it reads Chronic Rheumatism.
While the rheumatism itself was unlikely to have been the actual cause of death, it could have been any one of several other common co-morbidities of rheumatism which may or may not have been clinically apparent at that time. Rheumatism can lead to disease in everything from the cardiovascular system to ...
The numbering a,b,c indicates the way the conditions relate to the death, and should always be read "backwards".
So - Arterial sclerosis caused Myocardial degeneration, which in turn led to left ventricular failure, which was the actual cause of death.
There are several places one might find information about a cause of death for a person who died in England and Wales in the 1950s:
Death certificate: As per Adrian's answer, the death certificate is the obvious place to find the answer. The cheapest way to obtain a certificated copy of an entry of death from England and Wales is from the GRO. The statutory ...
The death certificate itself, surely.
I am assuming that what you have seen is only an index to the death certificates, as I have never seen death certificates without cause of death. We can't be more specific without knowing which administration issued the certificate.
The link below is to an index to the General Registrar Office certificates for England ...
As a side note - the causes should be read from (c) to (a).
So she was suffering from influenza, which led to cardiac failure, which in turn caused acute lobar pneumonia (which was the actual cause of death).
At that time, a suicide would not have been buried in consecrated ground. Suicide was both a sin and a criminal offence. Burial in consecrated ground was only permitted after 1823 without ritual, and with ritual only after the 1880 Burial Act, one description of which is found here.
As the Church would have nothing to do with the burial of a suicide, ...
I'm no great shakes at Spanish but fortunately many medical terms derive from the same Latin and Greek roots:
coma urémico, esclerosis generalizada
Translates to: Uraemic coma, generalized sclerosis
Presumably kidney failure, it is unclear whether the sclerosis was a primary or secondary problem.
This (Finnish) word is an abbreviation for the word "kitumatauti". This is a word that is not used anymore but it is still easy for a Finnish speaker to understand the rough meaning. The last part - "tauti" - means just illness or disease. The first part "kituma" comes from the verb "kitua" which refers to a longtime suffering. It is also probably related to ...
According to the Indiana State Family and Social Services Administration website, many of the early patient records were destroyed. Their site says:
There are some archive books listing very limited patient information. To contact Richmond State Hospital for genealogy records contact Jay Wenning the director of our medical records department.
That page ...
I think the first part is:
Of 17 Meadow Cottages
The Friary (?)
and (? or 2nd ?)
Wife of ----
I would guess from this that her husband's surname was Scammell but neither his forename nor his occupation were given. The informant, probably a hospital employee, may simply not have known.
The cause of death section ...
I agree with other comments/answers, that this is probably due to misreading t's as d's, and you are looking at Enteritis.
Here are some resources to double check, or for future issues:
Genealogy Quest, medical terminology
archaicmedicalterms.com(link is to the E's)
Hall Genealogy Website has a list of medical terms
However, none of these has Endeidis.
My first port of call to find a cause of death would be a death certificate. As this person was a Scot and he died abroad this may not be as straightforward as it seems.
Fortunately McMillan appears in the GRO Consular Death Index:
Consular Deaths 1906-1910
MCMILLAN, James, 47, Nagasaki, p 1599
The British Consular BMD indexes can be viewed for free ...
We can assume that your ancestor suffered from some kind of mental condition. Please see Lunatic (English Wikipedia). Given the poor state of psychiatric knowledge and care at this time, it will be hard to establish a modern diagnosis.
Highly hypothetical: He was married, had children and a profession. This makes some life-long condition less likely. More ...
The modern term is paralytic ileus. According to this Medline Plus article on Intestinal obstruction:
Paralytic ileus, also called pseudo-obstruction, is one of the major causes of intestinal obstruction in infants and children. Causes of
paralytic ileus may include:
Bacteria or viruses that cause intestinal infections (gastroenteritis)
The GRO's new website with a searchable index that offers a means to order certificates online has a FAQ which includes What information will I see on a certificate? The GRO has a guide to death certificates which you can download for easy reference.
Depending on the year the death took place, a certificate might include:
Name, date and place of death....
Paresis, which is nerve-related weakness or partial paralysis.
From the dates of onset you can see he was suffering from the toxaemia for two months but the paresis only onset in his last week. It would seem logical that the paresis occurred secondary to gangrene although the death certificate does not state where he was experiencing paresis.
Added: Go ...
I don't think those numbers refer to deaths. I believe they are related to later compilation of statistics, and the statisticians used the blank space in that column for their notes. Recording of a death would include a date.
The example had many people on that page with such numbers. If they really all died on a voyage in 1894 you'd likely find some ...
Cholera often leads to derailments in the electrolyte balance of the body, which can also lead to neurological symptoms. According to Sack (The Lancet, 2004), "severe muscle cramps of arms and legs are common."
As there are other causes of convulsions in infancy (fever cramps, early-child epilepsies, epileptic seizures in the context of systemic diseases, .....
I also agree with @Harry Vervet that chronic rheumatism was unlikely to have been the actual cause of death.
The next lines in the death record reads to me '...exhaustion 2 years...certified by...(perhaps a person who signed an extant medical record that was available for reference to the registrar or medical person filling out the death certificate)...'
As already stated in previous answers, the obvious course of action is to use the reference in the registration you've already found and order the certificate from the GRO's Certificate Ordering Service.
From the GRO's Most customers want to know:
Q1. What information will I see on a certificate?
The details contained on a death certificate ...
Firstly, querying the U.S. Coast Guard would be your first source for information about your father-in-law if he was a U.S. citizen sailing as a merchant seamen on U.S. flagged vessels. In 1952 he would have held U.S. Coast Guard-issued "Seaman" papers (or a U.S.C.G-issued "Officers License") to be able to be signed-on as a crewmember in any department (...
This will be a very general answer for the US, since we don't have a specific smaller jurisdicition, showing the types of resources that can be found.
Be on the lookout for webinars discussing the use of social history for genealogy, like the ones listed below. You'll see what kind of material can be found if you explore websites and repositories that have ...