The following is a compiled listing of illnesses and causes of death gleaned from three primary sources. They are posted here in the hopes that they may aid family historians and genealogists in interpreting the conditions in which their ancestors lived and died.
My role has merely been to find/ source the material make three small updates and then reformat the list into a pdf document which contains both type-written and German Sütterlin script. Hopefully this will help you better recognize the script in source documents.
(1) The Kirchenbuch prepared by Dirck Tiessen (1782) in Petershagen, Prussia. This is how the list started, from a single page entitled “Hauptkrankeiten” (main illnesses). It was translated by Ann Rempel and Dora Epp in 1996. They humbly requested that I qualify their work as follows. “Not all terms are translated or perhaps correctly translated. But, but the result is the best of our ability.” For both Ann and Dora, German is their first language, but have lived in Canada and used English for 40+ years.
(2) A monograph by Richard Ringenberg (1942), Familienbuch der mennoniten Gemeinde Eichstock. Schriften des Bayerischen Landesvereins fuer Familienkunde e. V., Heft 18. Verlag Michael Laszleben, Kallmuenz uebert Regensburg. The causes of death found in this monograph were extensively reviewed by V. Lyle von Riesen who holds a PhD and has taught in medical schools in the United States for 35 years. His published article is entitled “Causes of Deaths in the Eichstock [Baveria] Mennonite congregation” and can be found in Mennonite Family History, XV, 4, p. 151-155.
(3) Another article published in Mennonite Family History, prepared by Adalbert Goertz. It appeared in the April 1991 issue as “Diseases in Prussian Church Records”.