Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Madness- Softening of the Brain

Great Great Grand Uncle Died of What??

I ordered several of my families death certificates recently and one came back with cause of death being softening of the brain. I had never heard this term before. So, as usual I turned to the handy- dandy Internet and did a Google search for softening of the brain.

Softening of the brain, also known as cerebral infarction, or cerebral hemorrhage. The term was used for one who was senile, or had dementia. Today, these patients may very well be diagnosed with having had a stroke, Alzheimer's, or even Parkinson's Disease.

Since he was about 32 years old at his death, this made me wonder if he could have had dementia? Or did he perhaps die of the effects of a stroke? The real tragedy was in that he had just recently married five month before his death.

Then we have his mother's death certificate that says cause of death was senile dementia, she was only 67 years old.

His father's death certificate says general debility. So, that is much easier to assume the death would have been from old age in general.

Later years his nephew would die from what was later known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. It makes me wonder if this could have possibly been what Great Great Grand Uncle Jules also died from way back in 1881. 

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