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    Paralysis as a cause of death?

    I have a death cert from 1842. The cause of death is given as Paralysis. Seems a bit strange to me.
    I can't see this listed on the archaic medical terms lists.
    Any ideas what it would be that he died of?

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    I would guess a stroke although that was often referred to as apoplexy.
    Alternatively it might be "general paralysis of the insane" though again that is usually spelt out and is a polite way of saying syphilis.
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    Paralysis would have killed you back in the 1840s, either from prolonged inertia causing stroke/heart attack etc, or depending on how paralysed you were, lack of nutrition (unable to swallow) or unable to breathe. Not nice.

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    could also maybe TB

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    TB as far as I know doesn't cause paralysis and is generally recorded on death certs as either consumption (which could also be something else) or phthisis or tuberculosis.

    Paralysis could be caused by many things. Death certs, like all other certs, have less information the earlier they are. Modern certs generally have at least 2 and often 4 causes of death and are a bit more precise in their terms.
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    I am guessing that the death wasn't certified, either, soi the cause of death would just be whatever the informant told the registrar, it mightn't have been accurate!
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    Thank you all for your input.

    Nell, the death wasn't certified just an informant who I haven't got a clue who it was, possibly a neighbour, a Mary Cross.

    He was not at the same address as in 1841. I will have to trawl the census trying find the address.

    It was Chapel Cottage, Over Norton, Oxfordshire, which is in Chipping Norton district (if anyone fancies a look)

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    Little Nell & I must be reading the same literature. 'Causes of Death & Old Medical Terms'
    Which gives Paralysis as a Stroke.

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    Didn't read it, just thought that a major cause of paralysis is a stroke.
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