Paralysis may occur in connection with parturient apoplexy, lead poisoning, ergotism, etc.
This reference to ergotism in England in 1676 is given also in Th.
The convulsive form of ergotism mostly begins with some cerebral disturbance.
Thus far the best-known examples of poisoning by the products of micro-organisms are botulism and ergotism.
ergotism or ergot poisoning is due to the use of rye that has become diseased through the attack of a fungus, Claviceps purpurea.
With decomposed breads we take the poisons that produce pellagra, kak-ke, ergotism and acrodinia.
Chronic poisoning, or ergotism, used frequently to occur amongst the poor fed on rye infected with the Claviceps.
This is a Latin letter by Dr. Baker, and gives a good history of the various epidemics of ergotism.
Thus far the foreign experience of ergotism, both medieval and modern, and of its several types.
It is almost exclusively among the peasantry that symptoms of ergotism have been seen, and among children particularly.
ergotism er·got·ism (ûr'gə-tĭz'əm)
Poisoning caused by consuming ergot-infected grain or grain products, or from excessive use of drugs containing ergot.