St. Anthony's fire

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erysipelas; - an eruptive fever which St. Anthony was supposed to cure miraculously.

See also: Fire

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A shipman with St. Anthony's fire, and a black man who had served him as cook--those are the pair that we are in chase of."
Before the Industrial Revolution, food supplies were often subject to contamination, and ailments such as gout and St. Anthony's fire (ergotism) were among the results.
(9) The primary goal of the monastery was to care for those afflicted with the "burning sickness," often called "St. Anthony's fire" (erysipelas) after the name of the abbey's patron.
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