dancing disease


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choreomania

(1) Chorea.
(2) A term of largely historical interest for a condition first recognised during the Middle Ages and characterised by choreiform spasms that occurred in large closed communities, and is now thought to have been a mass hysterical conversion reaction.

dancing disease

In Europe during the Middle Ages, an epidemic chorea supposed to have been caused by the bite of the tarantula.
See: tarantism