Ague cake


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an enlargement of the spleen produced by ague.

See also: Ague

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An enlarged spleen was called ague cake. Nevertheless, despite the coldness of the climate, there is no indication that there was any major change in these death rates during the 17th century.
Whole villages could be temporarily immobilized, while their residents "would crawl about like yellow ghosts." (Sufferers were often jaundiced and had enlarged spleens, referred to as "ague cakes.") A man whose family settled in Michigan when he was a child recalled: "My father shook with the ague every day for eighteen months; there were ten all down at once, my mother, the only one able to administer the cup of cold water and care for the sick.