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From: "Marilyn Ainslie" <>
Subject: Re: [LKS] Death by "Gravel"
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:15:23 -0000
"a disease characterised by small stones which are formed in the kidneys,
passed along the ureters to the bladder, and expelled with the urine."
ie kidney stones.
On 16 Dec 2005 at 11:30, wrote:
> I am cross-posting this to several Lists, hoping to find a Lister with
> knowledge of medical terms (presumably ancient ones).
> I have found several deaths listed, first in the Orkney OPRs and now in some
> Perthshire OPRs, giving the cause of death as "of a Gravel". When I first saw
> it a couple of years ago I thought it was a "one-off" odd expression. Now I
> find several instances of it, and so realize it was not so uncommon.
> Can anyone explain the meaning of this? The cases I have found were all in
> the 1600s and 1700s.
> Ken Harrison
> North Vancouver, Canada