Historical notes on botulism, Clostridium botulinum, botulinum toxin, and the idea of the therapeutic use of the toxin

@article{Erbguth2004HistoricalNO,
  title={Historical notes on botulism, Clostridium botulinum, botulinum toxin, and the idea of the therapeutic use of the toxin},
  author={Frank Erbguth},
  journal={Movement Disorders},
  year={2004},
  volume={19}
}
  • F. Erbguth
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Medicine
  • Movement Disorders
Food‐borne botulism probably has accompanied mankind since its beginning. However, we have only few historical sources and documents on food poisoning before the 19th century. Some ancient dietary laws and taboos may reflect some knowledge about the life‐threatening consumption of poisoned food. One example of such a dietary taboo is the 10th century edict of Emperor Leo VI of Byzantium in which manufacturing of blood sausages was forbidden. Some ancient case reports on intoxications with… 
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