A particularly nasty killer in the London of 1745, according to the General Bills of Mortality. At 135 deaths it was exceeded only by convulsion at 5728, consumption at 4015, fever (scarlet, spotted, or purple) 2690, dropsy 1094, teeth 1048, mortification 209, and headmouldshot or horshoehead with 154. But it did do better than the relatively innocuous smallpox, with a poor score of 120. See me afterwards.

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