Witchcraft or mycotoxin? The Salem witch trials.

  title={Witchcraft or mycotoxin? The Salem witch trials.},
  author={Alan David Woolf},
  journal={Journal of toxicology. Clinical toxicology},
  volume={38 4},
BACKGROUND The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 have been studied by many historians looking for the complex social, political, and psychological determinants behind the community-wide hysteria that led to a travesty of justice and the deaths of 20 innocent Puritans. Recently, ergot poisoning has been put forth by some as a previously unsuspected cause of the bizarre behaviors of the young adolescent girls who accused the townsfolk of witchcraft. In this essay the circumstances behind the ergot… CONTINUE READING
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