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It has to be Dysentry for me - or shingles - what do you think?
closely followed by typhoid
Not a disease as such, it sounds pretty brutal though. Sinister, even.
"Fluff?" said Margaret, inquiringly.
"Fluff," repeated Bessy. "Little bits, as fly off fro' the cotton, when they're carding it, and fill the air till it looks all fine white dust. They say it winds round the lungs, and tightens them up. Anyhow, there's many a one as works in a carding-room, that falls into a waste, coughing and spitting blood, because they're just poisoned by the fluff."
"Maggie, your babysitter's here. What's that mean? Ohhh, you must be sick! Lets see, what's old Doc Washburn prescribe? Do you have dropsy? The grippe? Scrofula? The vapours? Jungle rot? Dandy fever? Poor man's gout? Housemaid's knee? Climatic boo-bow? The staggers? Dum-dum fever?"
from such Telethons as "Out With Gout '86" and "Let's Save Tony Orlando's House"