Infections, injuries, or chronic health problems were just as common in the 17th and 18th centuries as now. The difference is that today we have ready access to medical evaluation and antibiotics for the treatment of potentially life-threatening cases such as rabies caused by the bite of a rabid animal. 650 more words
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m., adj. cold; also used to describe medicines and other physical agents capable of causing/curing disease as well as the diseases themselves. In some areas, pills may be rejected on the basis that they are the incorrect color for the disease (red is hot; green is cold).
f. cellulitis, esp. of the leg which is treated by rubbing with a frog or tortilla dough with achote; possibly derived from “erisipela” (erysipelas).
m. cheeks; according to superstition, babies’ cheeks are thought to sag if you stand them up.