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#210737 - 05/04/13 02:26 AM Invented medical terms?
zakerna Offline
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http://www2.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/

On the above data base, my great-grandmother's cause of death is given as "maemia" - I cannot find out what it means by Googling. A fellow genealogist's ancestor died of "paedotrophia" - and she cannot find out what that is, either. Is it possible that the British concentration camp authorities wrote down any medical-sounding words they could devise to disguise the fact that people were dying like flies of starvation and so on? Or are those really medical terms?

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#210738 - 05/04/13 07:22 AM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: zakerna]
Faldage Offline
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Part of it may be the ligature æ being replaced by e. That said, I find nothing in onelook for memia, but pedatrophia does yield this.

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#210740 - 05/04/13 10:23 AM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: zakerna]
zmjezhd Offline
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maemia

It might be a transcription error for anaemia.
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#210744 - 05/04/13 01:22 PM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: Faldage]
zakerna Offline
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Thanks!

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#210745 - 05/04/13 01:29 PM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: zakerna]
zakerna Offline
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pedatropia or marasmus: extreme malnutrition and emaciation (especially in children); can result from inadequate intake of food... I'll say!

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#210755 - 05/05/13 11:31 AM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: zakerna]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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WELCOME,zakerna
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#210828 - 05/07/13 04:00 PM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: zakerna]
zakerna Offline
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Thank you for the welcome. Where must I draw you a sheep? Why must I draw you a sheep?

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#210845 - 05/09/13 01:47 AM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: zakerna]
BranShea Offline
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I think the signature is a quote from Winny the Pooh and something like a rethorical question.

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#210849 - 05/09/13 02:52 AM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: BranShea]
Tromboniator Offline
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Registered: 05/10/10
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The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
May be rhetorical; some take it literally.

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#210853 - 05/09/13 11:47 AM Re: Invented medical terms? [Re: Tromboniator]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Exactly, Peter. I responded to the question in
a PM. Since the Pilot cannot draw very well, he
draws a box, and tells the Prince that the sheep
is in the box, which satisfies him.
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