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150 years ago: Ergot of rye in the treatment of mania. Practitioner July/August 2019;263(1828):30

150 years ago: Ergot of rye in the treatment of mania

07 Aug 2019Registered users

The beneficial effects of ergot in certain forms of mental disease are to be attributed to its controlling power over the intracranial vessels. In 200 cases of insanity in which I have employed ergot, I have found it useful in none in which the theory of its action which I have suggested was not available; while in all those in which it has proved most advantageous, this theory was vindicated in various ways.

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