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Syn: scrofula, lymphadenopathic tuberculosis. A very rare condition today but one that was common in medieval Europe; it caused disfiguring red swelling over the affected glands and was popularly believed to be cured or relieved by the touch of the monarch. In medieval Europe, many kinds of skin lesions, including psoriasis and other noncontagious conditions, probably were lumped together and imprecisely described as King's Evil.

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