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In a spin: the mysterious dancing epidemic of 1518.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18602695     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 1518, one of the strangest epidemics in recorded history struck the city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of people were seized by an irresistible urge to dance, hop and leap into the air. In houses, halls and public spaces, as fear paralyzed the city and the members of the elite despaired, the dancing continued with mindless intensity. Seldom pausing to eat, drink or rest, many of them danced for days or even weeks. And before long, the chronicles agree, dozens were dying from exhaustion. What was it that could have impelled as many as 400 people to dance, in some cases to death?
John C Waller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article     Date:  2008-07-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Endeavour     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0160-9327     ISO Abbreviation:  Endeavour     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-08     Completed Date:  2008-12-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375037     Medline TA:  Endeavour     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  117-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of History, Michigan State University, East Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Consciousness Disorders / history*
Dancing / history*
Delusions / history*
History, 16th Century
Paranoid Behavior / history
Social Behavior*
Social Conditions / history*
Social Environment
Urban Health / history*

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