Tuesday, August 18, 2009

1896 Burial Permit

This August 27, 1896 burial permit for the Town of Brandon, NY from the collection of the Franklin County Historical & Museum Society reports the cause of death of 6 month old John Thornton of Reynoldston as "Colery Infantum." Cholera Infantum was a (now rare) form of gastroenteritis that affected children and was often fatal. Click here for an 1871 report on the disease. In fact, Pepto-Bismol was introduced in 1901 as "Mixture Cholera Infantum" and then renamed in 1919.

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