So there I was, catching up on my reading over at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, when I stumbled over this gem:
So evidently, in the March 21, 1925 issue of "Medico-Legal: Lunacy Law and Administration," a British Medical Journal, an F. Charles Larkin writes to ask if anybody out there has ever heard of the term "wemic."
Larkin seems to have stumbled on the term in a 1574-vintage text fragment describing some hideous affliction that required surgery. And take it from me, you do not want to require surgery in 1574.
I would say that the definition of the word has evolved since back in the day.
BTW, the original source PDF can be found here as well.