mercury poisoning n.
Poisoning caused by mercury or a compound containing mercury, with the acute form characterized by stomach ulcers and renal tubule toxicity and the chronic form affecting the central nervous system and causing emotional instability. Also called hydrargyria, mercurialism.
“Harry Belafonte told me I had mercury poisoning,” Simmons confided.
And indeed, Piven is not the first public person to suffer from mercury poisoning.
I still felt the traces of the mercury poisoning, but I was no longer tied to my bed, and weak though I was, I could walk.