St. Vitus Dance

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Related to St. Vitus Dance: rheumatic fever, Huntington's chorea
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

St. Vitus’ Dance


a nervous disease, also called chorea. The name St. Vitus’ Dance is connected with the legend according to which, at the chapel of St. Vitus at Zabern (Alsace), invalids recovered completely from spasms that resembled dancing.

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