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    • Ergotism in Norway, part I: The symptoms and their interpretation from the late Iron Age to the seventeenth century. 

      Alm, Torbjørn; Elvevåg, Brita (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      Ergotism 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 ...