11 décembre 2012

Ergotism

Classé dans : text — witchcraftpopularbeliefsjusticeandsociety @ 2 h 50 min

History Channel: Salem Witch Trials

Ergotism is a medical explanation of the girls symptoms before and during the Salem trials:

« This medical explanation for the theory of “bewitchment” is one first propounded by LinndaR. Caporael in 1976 in an article in Science. In her article, Caporael argues that the convulsive symptoms, such as crawling sensations in the skin, tingling in the fingers, vertigo, tinnitus aurium, headaches, disturbances in sensation, hallucination, painful musuclar contractions, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as psychological symptoms, such as mania, melancholia, psychosis and delirium, were all symptoms reported in the Salem witchcraft records. »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergotism

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