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Doing some work on my family tree and in 1803 my grandfather buried 4 children within 8 days, aged, 11, 7, 5 and 2.
Cause of death , blood infection ,

Anyone know what was prevalent at that time..

4 children and the wife was 4 mo the pregnant .
 

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Influenza which they thought was a blood issue.
Dr. William Falconer described the influenza pandemics of 1782 and 1803 which he witnessed in Bath. Whereas there were few fatalities in the earlier epidemic despite large numbers of all ages being affected, the 1803 winter epidemic appears to have been more severe with more lung complications and a higher death rate which is reflected in an increase of church burial figures. Falconer’s treatment reflects the long held view that bloodletting was beneficial in treating fevers. He was convinced that if patients could be bled in the initial stages of the disease, they could avoid the pulmonary complications. It is difficult to conceive today how this could have given any benefit.
 
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Doing some work on my family tree and in 1803 my grandfather buried 4 children within 8 days, aged, 11, 7, 5 and 2.
Cause of death , blood infection ,

Anyone know what was prevalent at that time..

4 children and the wife was 4 mo the pregnant .

I think in the 1800's everything was prevalent, a lot of families lost a large proportion of their families especially the poor/working class.

It wasn't until 1900's and the 2WW when Penicillin freely available, that lots of deaths from infection were prevented?

That is what, I think, I was taught in college? :unsure:
 
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Doing some work on my family tree and in 1803 my grandfather buried 4 children within 8 days, aged, 11, 7, 5 and 2.
Cause of death , blood infection ,

Anyone know what was prevalent at that time..

4 children and the wife was 4 mo the pregnant .
Are you sure it wasn't your great grandfather ?

Edit : thought so :rofl:

Must have been a very traumatic time for him and his wife :cry:
 

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