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German to English translations [PRO]
Medical - Medical (general) / 19th century text
German term or phrase: Beinfraß
bei den Posamentiererkindern Beinfrass des Brustbeins infolge des Brustbrettls

I imagine some kind of infection, or could this be gangrene?
Mary McCusker
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5Bone caries
3 +1caries
Harry Borsje
Dr Sue Levy

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Beinfrass = Knochenfrass => caries of bone (wider definition than just dental caries)

    Reference: http://www.spkpfh.de/Iatroclasm.htm
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agree  Nicole Snoek: bone caries or Osteonecrosis/bone necrosis
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This is about as close as I can get to the relevant bit of this article:
JSTOR: Child Workers in the Pillow Lace and Straw Plait Trades of ...... this being worn when young, while the bones [were] yet soft, [acted] very injuriously to the sternum and ribs causing great contraction of the chest', ...

Note added at 2 hrs (2007-07-01 17:03:24 GMT)


Note added at 2 hrs (2007-07-01 17:03:54 GMT)

Sorry, I tried to give you an active link - have to copy n paste.

Note added at 2 hrs (2007-07-01 17:12:01 GMT)


Another branch of lace-making, bobbin-lacework, is carried on in the agricultural shires of Northampton,
Oxford, and Bedford, chiefly by children and young persons, who complain universally of bad food, and
rarely taste meat. The employment itself is most unwholesome. The children work in small, ill-ventilated,
damp rooms, sitting always bent over the lace cushion. To support the body in this wearying position, the
The remaining branches of industry
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1840/cond-wce/cwe... (3 of 14) [23/08/2000 16:28:03]
girls wear stays with a wooden busk, which, at the tender age of most of them, when the bones are still
very soft, wholly displace the ribs, and make narrow chests universal.

Note added at 4 hrs (2007-07-01 19:03:21 GMT)

I am a native English speaking doctor but I've never heard of "bone caries". The condition may be osteomyelitis (a bone infection). It is not gangrene which is caused by interruption of blood supply.

Note added at 4 hrs (2007-07-01 19:10:15 GMT)

Rauschmann MA, Thomann KD, Schwetlick G, Zichner L
Vom „feuchten Beinfraß“ zur beherrschbaren Komplikation: Die Geschichte der posttraumatischen und postoperativen Osteomyelitis.
Orthopäde 2002, in Vorbereitung

I'd go for osteomyelitis.

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Bone caries

Molecular decay or death of a bone ... chronic inflammation (Dorland's medical dictionary). It's a term used especially with tuberculous and syphilitic bone infection.

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Jul 1, 2007 - Changes made by Johanna Timm, PhD:
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