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dc.contributor.authorAlm, Torbjørn
dc.contributor.authorElvevåg, Brita
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-21T11:55:30Z
dc.date.available2014-03-21T11:55:30Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.description.abstractErgotism is a horrendous disease with grotesque symptoms caused by ingesting specific ergot alkaloids. Mass poisoning episodes are attributable to consumption of grain – usually rye – infected with the fungus Claviceps purpurea. By focusing on possible cases of ergotism, we re-examine Norwegian history from the sagas through to the end of the seventeenth century. Our review – not intended to be exhaustive, or ex post facto to assign medical or psychiatric labels – draws attention to the very real possibility that many remarkable medical cases may have been the result of the ingestion of highly poisonous and psychoactive food substances. Where possible we highlight explanations given at the time – often rooted in religion or demonology – to explain the disease.en
dc.identifier.citationHistory of Psychiatry 24(2013) nr. 1 s. 15-33en
dc.identifier.issn0957-154X
dc.identifier.otherFRIDAID 972481
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957154X11433960
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/6064
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-uit_munin_5756
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.subjectVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800::Samfunnsmedisin, sosialmedisin: 801en
dc.subjectVDP::Medical disciplines: 700::Health sciences: 800::Community medicine, Social medicine: 801en
dc.titleErgotism in Norway, part I: The symptoms and their interpretation from the late Iron Age to the seventeenth century.en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.typeTidsskriftartikkelen
dc.typePeer revieweden


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