'What Killed Grandma?' Understanding historical medical terminology for cause of death

Filled with medical gibberish and handwritten by a profession famous for sloppy penmanship, a death certificate can be one of the most difficult historical documents to decipher. Mark Jamba, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will attempt to shed some light on this obstacle when he presents “What Killed Grandma?” at the Wednesday, Sept. 20, meeting of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Dr. Jamba’s lighthearted introduction to disease and common causes of death, from over a century ago to the present day, will include some basic anatomy, physiology and pathology. Each of the major organ systems will be covered, in turn, with the necessary scientific terminology broken down into prefix, root and suffix to further comprehension. Whenever possible, historical medical words will be highlighted, as well as stories about famous individuals that suffered from these illnesses.

Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Social time from 6:30-7:00 p.m. The public is invited, free of charge. For additional information visit rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcwogs or email cuyahogawest@gmail.com.


Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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