The History of Leith

November 8, 2007

Ergotism

Ergotism is the effect of long-term ergot poisoning, classically due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the Claviceps purpurea fungus which infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline-based drugs. It is also known as ergotoxicosis, ergot poisoning and St Anthony’s fire (not to be confused with shingles, which is also known as St. Anthony’s fire in Italy and in Malta). for more click here

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