JACOB E. KLEIN, M.D.
The relationship of diseases of plants to human health has not received the detailed consideration which it deserves. Although botanists and agriculturists have made intensive studies of plant pathology, there has been no systematic effort to correlate plant disease with human pathology. On perusing the literature with a historical perspective it is interesting to note that the ancients ascribed disease conditions to contaminated cereal crops. Thus Galen refers to the "morbus cerealis," a disease due to eating spoiled cereal. There are also on record epidemics from eating bread made of rye infected with the fungus, Claviceps purpurea.1
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KLEIN JE. THE RELATION OF FUNGUS INFECTION OF GRAIN CROPS TO VASOMOTOR DISTURBANCES IN MAN1. Ann Intern Med. ;10:1708–1715. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-10-11-1708
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;10(11):1708-1715.
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