The most common ways to die in 1800s America

Diarrhea: Yes, diarrhea is a symptom rather than a disease, but back in the 1800s the word.

Diarrhea: According to the census report, 7,850 people died of diarrhea in 1860. 

Whooping cough: Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a really contagious respiratory disease.

Whooping cough: According to the 1860 census, 8,408 people died of whooping cough in America. 

Convulsions: Back then, convulsions was an umbrella term used to describe any condition that caused spasms.

Convulsions: These were often more fatal in children (especially in newborns and those under age one).

Cephalitis: Cephalitis is what we know today by encephalitis.

Cephalitis: Cephalitis, also known as "brain fever" back then, was responsible for the death of 10,399 Americans in 1860.

Dysentery: Unlike "diarrhea" as a generic term, dysentery is an actual condition, that indeed causes diarrhea.

Dysentery: Infection can be prevented by washing one's hands after using the toilet.

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