Origin of ergotism
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This reference to ergotism in England in 1676 is given also in Th.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)
Ergotism or ergot poisoning is due to the use of rye that has become diseased through the attack of a fungus, Claviceps purpurea.
Thus far the best-known examples of poisoning by the products of micro-organisms are botulism and ergotism.
With decomposed breads we take the poisons that produce pellagra, kak-ke, ergotism and acrodinia.Health on the Farm
H. F. Harris
This is a Latin letter by Dr. Baker, and gives a good history of the various epidemics of ergotism.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
- ergot poisoning, producing either burning pains and eventually gangrene in the limbs or itching skin and convulsionsAlso called: Saint Anthony's fire
- Poisoning caused by consuming ergot-infected grain or grain products, or from excessive use of drugs containing ergot.