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tabes mesenterica

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zenawarrior Report 24 Apr 2013 15:58

hi when i find a child death in my tree, i buy both the birth and death certificate. children who live to adulthood, usually have decendents to remember them. but the babies and small children dont. so i class it as my way to bring them back into the fold. probally not needed but just my way of a memorial as i have found no graves for them as yet
i do find it really moving when i find them


Janet Report 23 Apr 2013 15:51

I have one on my tree who died from this in 1871 (not sure how diet and living conditions would affect milk though)

But as I guess there was no infant formula as such and probably not pasteurised milk it would have been a lottery if you did not breastfeed.


Brian Report 22 Apr 2013 23:27

The brother of my GGM died of this aged 14 in the workhouse where the family was forced to enter due to the father's heart disease. The death certificate states that he had suffered tabes mesenterica for four months. I read somewhere that it is indeed caused by drinking milk from cows infected by TB and commonly affects the poor - probably because of their predisposition due to inadequate diet and living conditions.


Ramblin Rose

Ramblin Rose Report 25 Sep 2004 17:02

Poor little mites. It doesn't bear thinking about does it. The women in my famiy seem to have died so young. I am about to send for Certs and find ot what they died of. Rose


Unknown Report 25 Sep 2004 14:11

One of the children in my family died at only 5 weeks old. The other was his half-brother, born 8 years later, and on his death cert it says he'd had the disease for 2 years, which was most of his short life. His mother (my great-grandmother) was pregnant with her last child at the time of his death. She was apparently pregnant 9 times, gave birth to five live children, and reared 3 to adulthood. nell

susie manterfield(high wycombe)

susie manterfield(high wycombe) Report 25 Sep 2004 13:42

hi hellen yes! hubby has got them and they were also infants it was tb of the glandsin the digestive system.resulting wasting of the body poor little mites susie


Twinkle Report 25 Sep 2004 12:45

I confess I rarely buy death certificates for anyone and never for children. Then again, most child deaths I am unaware of. If they were born and died between censuses then I won't know about them, because I can't buy birth certs for every child with a correct surname! Most of my child deaths I have found pre-1837 so I'll never know what killed them.


Wendy Report 25 Sep 2004 09:57

Someone on my hubby's side died from this Wendy


Unknown Report 25 Sep 2004 00:49

Geoff I did wonder about the worthwhileness (if that word doesn't exist, it should) of getting infant death certs, especially as one was only a step-great uncle, but I am glad I did as it had a different address from the ones on other certs/the census. I must say it was news to me that cholera was easily cured! nell.


Geoff Report 25 Sep 2004 00:35

I suspect Nell, that very few of us bother to buy death certificates for infants (they are possibly seen as "expendable" in our researches, callous but true). I suspect too that post-mortem examination of infants was probably pretty rare (in practice) and that different doctors had different "favourite" causes of death for infants, depending on their symptoms. Perhaps in reality, some form of (unspecified) gastro-enteric problem. PS: Having just seen your Swaffham post, I won't change ny opinion!


Mary Report 25 Sep 2004 00:23

Hi Helen, I have not come across this as a cause of death but I would think that when a mother loses her milk, or when a mother dies, then someone has to feed the infant. If they cannot find a wet nurse, then there would be no alternative but to give the child cows milk. It must have been very distressing to know that you cannot feed the child yourself and by giving it cows milk, it could die. I would suspect that it was a very common cause of death. Mary


Unknown Report 25 Sep 2004 00:05

Ooh yuk! Mandy :)


Unknown Report 24 Sep 2004 23:45

Anyone got any relatives with this as a cause of death? I have two infant deaths in the same family (1878 and 1884) and wondered how common it was. It's a form of tuberculosis which destroys the lymph nodes in the mesentery (part of the intestinal wall), thought to be caused by drinking contaminated milk. nell