One of the best known of these diseases is 'tarantism,' or the frenzy produced by the bite of the Tarantula, in Italy.
The tarantism so common in Italy from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century is another example of epidemic hysteria.
Historians would draw parallels between her recurring Voices and the "tarantism" of the Middle Ages.
It was supposed to cause the disease known as tarantism: the victim was seized with a mad desire to dance.
The tarantism in Italy from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century is another example of epidemic hysteria.
This form of "possession," then, passed out of the supernatural domain, and became known as "tarantism."
Under such favourable circumstances, it is clear that tarantism must every year have made further progress.
Finally, tarantism has declined more and more in modern times, and is now limited to single cases.
tarantism was an epidemic nervous affection characterized by involuntary dancing, gesticulations, contortions and cries.
At the close of the fifteenth century tarantism had spread beyond the borders of Apulia.