1770 `Ergotism` spreads like the plague in central Europe: Celle, Hamburg, Duisburg *** 20.000 deaths alone in the army of `Peter the Great` (1772) *** 8.000 die during a mass-intoxication in Sologne (France).*** Finally in Germany a doctor Johann Taube recognizes `Mutterkorn` as the cause for `Ergotism`. He terms it `Kriebel sickness`. *** The farmers revolt (begin of the French Revolution) and rich and commercial cities become the scene of ruinous disorder (1789). Messengers are sent out to inform farmers and people about the facts leading to ergot-plagues & the so called Antonius disease.

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